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More: VIA - Air VIA Bulgarian Airways
More: Tupolev Tu-154M
More: Dusseldorf - International (Rhein-Ruhr / Lohausen) (DUS / EDDL)
More: Germany, October 30, 2005
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LZ-MIL (cn 90A845) WOOOOW!!!! Check this out! A former Bulgarian fighter pilot at the controls! He lifted off, instantly pulled the nose back down again, waited until the gear was up and then rocketed into the air. What a sight!
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A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat April 30, 2011:
Very nice picture

A visitor from Venezuela posted Mon December 22, 2008:
This is what i call to have fun at work!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon September 22, 2008:
What a fantastic shot. At this time i have made a video about this take off, filmed from the other terrace. You can see it on "Youtube"
When you need to see it, here is the name of the video:

Tu-154M Via nice take off

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 10, 2008:
Amazing! They need to do that kind of stuff here in the US too! Maybe with a Mad Dog or something, as I'm sure tail-mounted engines help. Then again, the Tupolev does have the power of its Soveiet ancestors.
Imagine this in an ERJ... ;)

A visitor from Germany posted Wed December 26, 2007:
I guess someone forgot something!!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Wed December 12, 2007:
Realy rare situation in civil life - but not a wonder! All old Russian civil airplanes were made in accordance with specifications and requirements as for bombers. Due to for example TU-134 can TAKE-OFF with one engine only (undocumented but really tested) As a result old Russian planes are very strong and heavy that result in LOW fuel efficiency. It is a reason why Russian companies replace it with Boeing and Airbus models. Best regards from Russia. Have always clear sky.

A visitor from United States posted Sat August 5, 2006:
Looks like a great thrill ride for the pax. I'm jealous.

A visitor from Bulgaria posted Mon July 31, 2006:
Graet Shot!!! A masterpiece procedure!!!

A visitor from Norway posted Thu June 8, 2006:
Nice! I've flown Tu154M many times with Pulkovo, and it was always fun. The climb rate is incredible, you really feel that you're flying if the pilot is in the mood to give his pax a ride. And for me Tu154M sure is THE most elegant looking plane ever. Hope they are kept in service as long as possible. Pity that Pulkovo started converting to 735s.

A visitor from United States posted Thu June 1, 2006:
Awesome haha i love that guy now

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 31, 2006:
This is how all planes should takeoff. Rotate then immediately level off and put the gear up and then climb away.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri May 19, 2006:
Excellent! the tupolev 154 is amazing, i flew in onw when i was in Russia, with Pulkovo, it was amazing, its just a pitty they're now flying B737 :(

A visitor from Germany posted Thu May 4, 2006:
Great shot in just the right time in a very short Moment! Wouldn´t be in that jet during this take-off!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Wed April 19, 2006:
Great photo! Hopefully I'll get to fly on one of these beautiful aircraft one day.
-Leo P.

A visitor from Malaysia posted Wed March 22, 2006:
Crazy. hope there are no passengers inside it.

A visitor from Spain posted Wed February 22, 2006:
It is a very rare situation.

A visitor from Germany posted Thu February 16, 2006:
This is so great.

A visitor from Germany posted Thu February 16, 2006:
Great shot. The Pilot was the CEO of Air Via and not a former fighter pilot. This was the last flight with Tu-154 from EDDL to BG. This summer Via will change to A320.

A visitor from Denmark posted Tue February 14, 2006:
Nice shot! But how do you know he's an ex-fighter pilot?? And just for the record, a nose is "pushed" down, not pulled!

A visitor from Austria posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Great pic, only it's a BULGARIAN pilot, not a russian one! ;)

A visitor from Germany posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Amazing photo!

A visitor from Israel posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I have flown TU-154 many times, I saw some crazy things, but I never saw something like this. The pic show some real crazy ex. Soviet pilots in action!

A visitor from Germany posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I saw the same procedure a few days before in DUS.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Brings a lot of memories!!! I have a very good friend Captain of a local airline that did a military take off on a BA 146-200 every time time that I was on duty at the airport (CBB-Bolivia)Thanks to Cap. Danny Lewkovitz!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Thank you for this picture George!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 7, 2005:
I have personally flown in Tu-134, pretty much the same feeling, it goes up like a rocket

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon November 7, 2005:
Awesome picture!!! Congratulations!

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