|Quoting EYKD (Reply 90):|
Parenthetically, and with regard to the A/C's aesthetics, I have often puzzled at the previous, uniquely odd looks of earlier Soviet jetliners. The only explanation I can come up with is that much of the technology and design I would imagine would have been borrowed from Soviet military application. The "Superjet" seems to have shed that aesthetic connection...
Times have changed and there is a lot of sharing of different technologies available now to the Eastern countries which weren't available during the Soviet era. In their present economy there is no reason to have to interchange parts from a civilian airliner to a military aircraft in case of war. Also, there are more freedoms (as far as I know) in regards to designing aircraft there now. With somewhat free trade there is less reason to copy other people's plans in a covert way.
No offense to Russians: but at least through this web site and what we share of our interest in aviation, it seems relations are a lot warmer between us than they were some 18 years ago.
Kudos on the Super Jet, I've been looking forward to this for quite a while.