Aviation Photo #1019076 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 - UTair Aviation

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Old Rolls-Royce Nene at work!!! Blowing over the 134's engine prior to a flight
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    Sergei Tsvetkov - Russian AviaPhoto Team
    UTair Aviation
    Tupolev Tu-134A-3
    Tupolev Tu-134
    Tupolev Tu-134
    Moscow - Vnukovo
    March 3, 2006
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12 years ago
What is this all about?... Sort of deicing?...
12 years ago
When I was in SVO they used such a thing (the truck is an Ural, by the way) for drying the tarmac. Was nice to look at ;).
12 years ago
That shouldn't be allowed! It must be incredibly noisy!
12 years ago
I think it is to possibly get some warm air into the engine for start?

i may be wrong though.
12 years ago
Just for those of you who haven't heard of the gasturbine (jet engine), it works best with cold air, because of the energylevel the air is best when cold.
The warming operation as pictured is something out of the wild wild east, and serves only one purpose, to get the engine turning because it was frozen stiff to the outer casing, otherwise it hurts the engine terribly and should not be done under normal circumstances.
12 years ago
This truck is no Ural, but it's Kraz )
11 years ago
Just came across the photo, must be extremely cold! Noted the comments about "last resort" warming the engine. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, regardless. Assuming it was safe or it wouldn't be done. The truck is really what caught my eye, looks like quite a "monster", probably dwarfs our military "deuce and a halfs"! Would like to know more about the truck and its manufacturer, if there's a website with that info. Thanks to Sergei for the picture!
8 years ago
What you see here is one method for DE-Icing, used only in the former USSR and some regions in china.
Western airlines prohibit this procedure in their operations manuals (OMs) because it's not safe and reliable at all. De- and Antiicing in the western hemisphere is done by a mix of a glycol-fluid and hot water or pure antiice-fluid
7 years ago
Truck is KrAZ-255, were produced 1967-1984.
7 years ago
And using the afterburner variant VF-1F when temparature reaches -30°c

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