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Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 18, 2001 4:24 pm

Hello folks, I just returned from Cuba.
I flew:
Mexicana A320 SFO-MEX
Mexicana B727 MEX-CUN
Cubana IL-62 CUN-HAV

The 4 1/2 hr. flight SFO-MEX was way too long for an A320.
The 727 leg was fun and I was just enjoying the ride because the 727 will not be around for pax service much longer.

Now for the fun part!  Big thumbs up
The Cubana IL-62 exceeded my expectations by a longshot!
The IL-62 has a very smooth ride. Takeoff was almost silent. The IL-62 felt like a very durable and tough aircraft. Land was very smooth too.

The service was world class!
FREE BEER AND RUM IN COACH!
What US carrier offers that?
I rest my case!

The seats reclined back further than the western a/c. If you sit by the window, you have a place to rest your foot which I thought was cool.
I sat right behind first class and the wall/divider had a table that folds down instead of the kind that comes out of the armrest. This comes in handy so you can lift the armrest and still have plenty of legroom.

Cubana is a great airline and I am speaking from experience.
I never get into the Airbus vs. Boeing wars because they are stupid! I would have never thaught the Ilyushin flight would be better than the Airbus and Boeing flights.

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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 18, 2001 5:58 pm

Do you have any other details? The regi of the aircraft? Flying times?
It must have been a short flight, CUN-HAV, and quite uneconomical to use an Il-62 on it, but nevertheless, you're lucky, it's a rare bird, even more now than the Yak-42 they normally use on this sector.

How did the aircraft look from the inside? Were the F/A's friendly? You'll probably be aware that Cubana doesn't have a good name on safety. Did you see any cutting corners on safety issues? Did you get any food?
What was the flying time?
I hope you understand that I hoped to read more details when I saw the interesting itinary you had!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 18, 2001 6:54 pm

How can Cubana have First Class?!? Cuba is a communist country where nobody should have any difference in service, salaries etc.

BTW I've heard that if the US Government get's to knw that a US Citizen goes on a trip to Cuba he'll/she'll fined $10000, how did you avoid this?

Alexander
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 18, 2001 7:24 pm

a)That rumor of a fine is completely untrue.
b)Cuba does not stamp American passports for obvious reasons.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 18, 2001 8:39 pm

I flew Cubana in 96, it was awful! Sure, there was rum and stuff, and you had hte novelty of being allowed to smoke, but:

* the flight to and from havana from NAS was about 4 hours late in boarding

* the cabin was rickety

* my luggage was stolen somewhere between NAS and havana

* when we got to the airport going back, we had to bribe our way onto the flight because it was allegedly full.


 
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Facts About The IL 62 M

Mon Jun 18, 2001 11:10 pm

For those interested:
If you read the June issue of the Aeroflot Inflight magazine (in Russian) you get quite an insight on this model. The title of the article, p 10, is "IL 62, our safe old friend". Among other things, you get to read:
* 1st commercial flight 14th July 1966 into Moscow's Domodiedovo apt.
*Max take off weight: 175 T. Max passenger number 175-200. Powerplant: 4 Soloviev D-30 KU. Cruisisng speed: 800 km/h. Range 9000 km. Max altitude 11.600 m. Aeroflot has 13 machines to this day.
* 13 November 1967. Air France and Aeroflot signed an agreement for a renting the IL 62 and exploiting it between Moscow and Paris ¿Is this really true?
* During its first flight to New York, the crew were quite surprised to be given nº 33 for landing, something unheard of in the USSR at the time.
*10th September 1962 a SU IL 62 landed at Santiago de Chile, the night before the military coup. Airport closed down and the plane took off during the night with 147 Cuban Embassy Personnel, as it says here, to save them.
*The plane has served under war in Iran, Angola and Vietman.
*This plane was forbidden to overfly the USA as of 1st January 2000.
*There are plans to convert these planes in the future into cargo planes for long distance flights into the Russian far East.

In mu opinion, this is not the most beautiful Russian plane (TU154 is one of the most elegant planes ever made) but is has to be really reliable to still be in service. It is still around because the IL 86 never attained the range it was supposed to have performed when designed and because the low yield Russian constuction plants cannot replace them fast enough with IL 96 or TU 214 (the latter to be seen at Le Bourget airshow these days).

I am told the plane is noisy if you are at the back (pretty much like a DC9). It seats 6 abreast and I am told it gives the same feeling as a B757 or A321 when you board them, that is that of a very long tube.

A special and unique feature of these machines is a third rear landing gear with one pair of wheels that deploy when on ground. It is like a long tube deploying under the 4 rear engines to keep the plane horizontal and compensate for what must be a lot of rear weight because of the 4 engines. At what point they deploy is not clear to me: does anyone know when exactly? At landing, after that when taxying?

It is good to still see a IL 62 around, especially when covered in snow parked at Sheremetievo airport on a winter day.

Hope these facts are useful for somebody!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Jun 19, 2001 8:37 am

* During its first flight to New York, the crew were quite surprised to be given nº 33 for landing, something unheard of in the USSR at the time.

Why was this surprising and unheard of?
 
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To JAT

Tue Jun 19, 2001 4:00 pm

these words are written by a IL 62 pilot that belonged to the extinct USSR 210th flying group that was assigned to fly those planes, Alexander Gritzun. I guess they did not have such long "landing queues" at Russian apts at the time.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Jun 19, 2001 10:41 pm

Ah! I get it now. I thought they were given runway 33, and was wondering why this would be suprising or unheard of.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Thu Jun 21, 2001 2:20 pm

MEA-707:
The reg.# was CU-T1283
Flight time was 50 minutes. Too short
The return flight was supposed to be a YAK-42 but they put us on the IL-62 anyway. I didn't mind though. I was just happy it wasn't there A320. I would have felt cheated because I have plenty of opportunities to fly the A320.
The interior was a blast to the past. It had a lime green and yellow interior with brown carpet. It was very early 1970s looking.  Smokin cool
The seats recline more than the western a/c types. The seats recline to a 45 degree angle.
F/A were very friendly! Free beer and rum was what I liked the most. They have a duty free cart on the plane that sells bottles of rum and boxes of cigars.
Because the flight was so short, they only served peanuts, beer and rum.
I felt very safe on this plane. It felt like a flying tank.
I didn't see them cutting any corners.
I am aware of Cubana not having the safest flying record but hey, everytime you walk out your house your taking a risk.  Big grin

OH-LZA:
Cubana has first class but I saw no one in there other than F/As and Cuban Gov. officials sitting there smoking cigars and drinking rum.

Ironminds:
That's sounds almost as bad as my last Delta experience.


 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Jun 22, 2001 3:37 pm

You're back safely, I guess you didnt need to get extra life insurance. lol.  Big grin  Big grin

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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Jun 22, 2001 3:48 pm

Hey ILUV767:
You would have been the beneficiary of all of my herpa wings if something bad happened.  Smile

 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Jun 23, 2001 4:49 am

Good report! You were very lucky to fly on an IL-62. They probably won't be around much longer!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Jun 23, 2001 11:46 am

What a beautiful aircraft! I have never seen one. Would it be possible to compare in overall with any other commerical plane now flying?
 
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Mac

Sat Jun 23, 2001 2:30 pm

I will say the IL-62 rides better than any other single aisle jet aircraft now flying. It was certainly a lot better than the A320 and 727 flights on this trip. I also liked it better than the 757, 737. DC-9/MD-80/717 variants.
From what I remeber from my last 707 and DC-8 experience, I would probably say the IL-62 is still better.
 Smile
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 25, 2001 2:08 am

If someone hasn't pointed it out yet, almost all US airlines serve alcoholic beverages on international flights.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:49 am

Delta15:
That's right. On International flights that are over 5 hours long.
What US carrier offers it for free on a 50 minute flight in coach?
 
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IL-62

Wed Jun 27, 2001 5:11 am

No way you sat near the engines if you think the Il-62 is not noisy! : )

I flew them last August from Moscow to Simferopol (Crimea capital) on Aeroflot. It was a great thrill. The people with me could not figure out why I was so excited! We were supposed to fly a Tu-154 there and back, but due to Naval Day in Sevastopol ( was there for that; great!) they upped the flights to Il-62s. The flight was very smooth; I love the tinted window shades; did they have these on the Cubana Il-62?

RedAirForce
 
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RE: Do You Want Malev TU154B2 Report?

Wed Jun 27, 2001 5:19 am

I've flow'n a Malev TU154B2 HEL-BUD-HEL in August 1999, if you want i can post a trip report and try to remember as much as possible.

Alexander
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Wed Jun 27, 2001 8:05 am

IL-62 ?????

BOEING >>>> FOREVER NEW FRONTIERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Greetings from (West-) Germany,

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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Wed Jun 27, 2001 12:14 pm

RedAirForce:
Yes, Cubana does have the tinted shade on there IL-62s.
 
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Superfly

Thu Jul 05, 2001 4:28 pm

Why does that photopoint ad pop up instead of your photo?
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Jul 06, 2001 8:24 am

damn I want to do that too...
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sun Jul 08, 2001 10:37 am

I had the pleasure of flying TAROM IL62's back in the 80's. It is no wonder that they are such great flying machines, they are a total copy of the VC-10! Which was a truly wonderful flying machine.
As for saftey, the only thing that had me very nervous throughout the whole flight is that there are no individual oxygen masks in case of rapid de-compression of cabin pressure. They had portable bottles and it is totally unclear as to who gets to use them and where they are.
Also there are no inflatable evacutaion chutes on the doors or exits. They have the hand held canvas ones like on the old propliners of the 50's.
At least that was on TAROM, I wonder if CUBANA is similar?
OA
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Jul 09, 2001 3:14 pm

Cubana IL-62s do have individual oxygen mask. They also have inflatable evacuation chutes.
I wanted to take the safety card which shows this feature with me but I didn't in case I was searched by US Customs on return.
Flight attendants also give the full demonstration just like on any US/European carrier.
I had to sneak in to Cuba so I didn't bring anything back other than pictures and memories.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Jul 10, 2001 7:29 am

Why would you have to "sneak" does the government realy care?
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Jul 10, 2001 12:15 pm

The US government does not want US to visit for reason's I don't have the time to type.
Maybe because there is no US industry to support like in western Europe and Cancun.

 
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Superfly

Tue Jul 10, 2001 8:32 pm

Do you get fined if the government finds out as someone mentioned before?
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Wed Jul 11, 2001 2:29 am

Lewis:
It is possible but nobody gets fined.
Usually US Customs will give you a hard time when you return if they find out you were in Cuba.
As long as you don't bring back cigars or rum you'll be OK.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Jul 21, 2001 12:35 am

I flew on an Aeroflot IL-62M back in 1993, and sat towards the back of the plane. When I looked out through my window and towards the rear, I could see the outter engine. Let me say, this aircraft was not especially quiet, but not as loud as I might have expected. Even towards the rear of the aircraft, conversation could be maintained at normal levels.

The IL-62 surely is a dying breed. They are as long in the tooth as the 707. Anyone who has a chance to fly on one should do it soon, because I am sure they will not last too much longer.  Sad
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Wed Aug 01, 2001 10:49 am

Hey Ilyushin96M, from what I understand the IL-62MKs operated by Cubana are the last ones produced in 1994. I am not sbsolutly sure about this.
Reg# was CU-T1283
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Wed Aug 01, 2001 12:55 pm

I wish I could've gone with you, bro. Everyone else I know is afraid to go there! Even my Cuban friends! Quick questions, Superfly:

Do Cubana FAs only speak Spanish? (Or do you speak Spanish too?)

Did you go alone?

How were the accommodations when you got there?

Is it relatively inexpensive?

Finally, and most important (to me at least), how much was your Cubana ticket rt? (I assume you bought it as a same-day walk up purchase).

 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Thu Aug 02, 2001 3:30 am

Hello [email protected]:
Great to see you in the forums.
I will go to Cuba again and yes if you want to come, that would be great!  Big thumbs up
Cubana F/A only speaks Spanish but some do speak a little English. I don't speak any Spanish. Maybe 10-15 words and that's it.
I went with my girlfriend. I don't think she enjoyed it as much as I did. Havana isn't exactly clean. It is dirty and is almost in a time warp. It was like going back 40 years in time.
Cuba is very cheap!
I never paid more than $3.00 (US) for a meal. People still do a lot of bartering in Cuba. The people there are very nice. They treated us like family as soon as we arrived. I actually came back with a lighter suitcase than when I left.
One guy I met caught a large fish and made this awesome meal for us in exchange for a pair of shorts, T-shirt and a calculator (real cheap one).
People will ask you to take back letters and mail it to their family in Miami.
Let me warn you! Cuba is not a place for couples! Cuba is home to some of the most beautiful women in the world and they are very aggressive and cheap ($10-15)! They can careless if you have a girlfriend or not.
Cuba is the real Temptation Island.  Big grin
You can have the ultimate bachelor party in Cuba.


I bought my tickets through Nash Travel in Toronto Canada.
http://www.nashtravel.com/cubahome.html
They are the cheapest way in to Cuba. ($175 US roundtrip)
Do not use Cubanatours! They are a rip-off!

Here is a photo my girlfriend shot of me while boarding in Cancun, Mexico.


sorry for such a large photo

I'll post more pictures of Cuba in the near future.

 Smile

 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Aug 03, 2001 4:19 pm

Thanx a million Superfly!

I'm really, really looking forward to visiting Cuba (especially before the embargo is completely lifted, whenever that'll be. --Cuba's one of the fewest places in this hemisphere where I KNOW I won't see a bunch of giggly Americans, KFCs and Burger Kings on every corner). I think I might be going as early as September. Glad you and your girl had such a good time.

Thanks again for that 4-1-1!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Aug 14, 2001 10:25 am

[email protected]:
Hey are we on for the trip to Cuba?
David Horne (ILUV767) want's to go too. However United doesn't go there so he can't come. Big grin
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sun Aug 19, 2001 3:44 am

As for the subject of being fined, it is happening. The Miami Herald has reported that some people are recieving fines of about $7500.00 from the Treasury Department a few months after their return from Cuba. The person being fined then needs to prove their innocence before an administrative law judge. I am under the impression that people are being caught because the U.S. officials are monitoring flights that arrive from Cuba at airports that "pre-clear" passengers going to the U.S. An example of this type of airport is Pearson Int'l at Toronto, Canada. At Toronto, the U.S. Immigration and Customs services have pre-clearance facilities so your flight can arrive at a domestic terminal in the United States. Another reason to avoid flying through Canada was demonstrated by a Canada 3000 flight that was traveling from Havana to Montreal a couple of weeks ago. After leaving Havana, the 737 had an inflight engine fire, declared an emergency, and landed at Fort Lauderdale. I'm sure any Americans on that flight were caught by the U.S. Immigration Service.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Mon Aug 20, 2001 7:30 am


Sounds like a real good time.
Is security tight for taking pictures at the airport???
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Tue Aug 21, 2001 2:57 pm

CactusA319:
Security is very tight at HAV and their are plenty of security guards at the airport.
The new terminal (Jose Marti) has two layers of glass so it isn't great for taking photos. It is a pretty international terminal with flags from every country including the United States hanging from the ceiling.
Once your onboard, you can take as many photos you want.
I'll post more pictures when I have time to scan more.


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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 5:14 am

Quoting Luzezito (Reply 5):
*This plane was forbidden to overfly the USA as of 1st January 2000.

Why ?
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:25 am

I love TR's featuring old and funky a/c, thanks for posting!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:43 am

Superfly, I really envy you this experience and I must get to Cuba before Castro dies (he can't carry on forever and he's in his late sixties/early seventies) and things really change-a forty year time warp and no KFCs and McD's on every corner!

I recently met an Irish guy who, in the early 1990s, flew from Shannon to Havana and back on an IL62 (Cubana I presume). He said it was a great experience and I can well believe that.

Beautiful aircraft-love that shot of the Cubana one coming into land at Montreal and yes, very strong resemblance to the VC10, an aircraft I remember very well, though I never got to fly on one.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:39 am

As for Aeroflots first flight to JFK with the IL62 you heard right they were number 33 to land. During 1968 air traffic to the New York area had reached breaking point. Delays even during CAVU were common. Airlines were told to limit the number of departures and arrivals to the NY area in order to reduce congestion. After August 1968 ATC implemented flow control. The Aeroflot flight had to wait in the stack just like everyone else. Flights from SFO/LAX to JFK often had to circle over Denver then Cleveland and finally over NY before landing. If anyone remembers how bad it used to be at ATL at 5:00pm then you have an idea how bad it was at JFK in the late 1960s.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:52 pm

I thought MX retired all their 727s?
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:19 pm

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 42):
I thought MX retired all their 727s?

That´s why the report is dated June 2001.  idea 
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:04 am

Quoting FlyAA757 (Reply 3):
a)That rumor of a fine is completely untrue.

= Are you on crack? Not only is the fine hefty but under GWB, its being implemented more thoroughly. Go to the US-DHS/INS (or one of those zillion agencies protecting America) and you'll see the fine and the amount of people being fined.

-A.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:49 pm

I have heard about Canadian airports being monitored by our "fine" government officials, but I can't imagine Mexican officials giving gringos free reign at any of their airports.

Hopefully!
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sun Oct 23, 2005 2:40 am

Quoting Johnboy (Reply 45):
I can't imagine Mexican officials giving gringos free reign at any of their airports.

= They are monitored at CUN ... but more importantly, if customs find out ....

-A.
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:41 am

Quoting Luzezito (Reply 5):
At what point they deploy is not clear to me: does anyone know when exactly? At landing, after that when taxying?

Usually, these supportive wheels were lowered just before coming to the parking-position while taxying: it took more or less 2 minutes for the whole outfit to "touch" the tarmac...
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:40 pm

I'd like to thank the moderators for allowing me to post images to an older thread. I had been a member of Airliners.net for only 1 year when I took my trip to Cuba. At that time, older threads were not archived in the other forums. I posted many photos of my Cuba trip in this thread as well as Civil & Non-Aviation.
Unfortunately, the site that hosted my images (Webphotos) went belly up without notice. I foolishly did not save a digital copy of my prints from that trip after I had uploaded my photos to that site.
So all of those scanned images only existed in my photo album. (these were all taken with a 35mm film camera).
Also, I wasn't too detailed in my initial trip report and had a few misspelled words.  Wink

So here goes......

Quoting Superfly (Reply 37):
I'll post more pictures when I have time to scan more.


8 years later but I kept my promise.  Smile




Check in at Cancun (CUN) was rather unusual. There were no 'Cubana' check in counters at CUN. Me & my girlfriend at the time were searching up & down the terminal looking for the Cubana ticketing counter.
We asked several airport personnel and they all pointed us to Mexicana. That added to our frustration which started that morning at the hotel we stayed at. That is another story in it's own right.

Eventually a lady with a fast Cuban-Spanish accent started shouting out loud and pulled out a large sheet of paper and threw it over the Mexicana sign. She started writing with a blue marker CUBANA!
That was the make shift Cubana check-in counter.
We stood in line for about 10 minutes. When it was our turn, the lady pointed us to an old man a few feet away that looked like an angrier version of Fidel Castro with sunglasses and a 3-piece wool suit. Nevermind the fact that it's June.
We handed him our papers and he gives me & my girlfriend a hard stare up & down and then reaches in to an old briefcase.
He hands us an envelope and gives us a huge smile. I'll never forget the shine from his gold tooth when he smiled as he handed us our tickets and visa. His smile told us 'we were in for a really good time'.
His smile said a thousand words and they were all correct!


The flight was amazing!
Even though all announcements were in Spanish, I understood most of what they were saying as it's the same in just about any flight. The roar & whistle of the Soloviev D30KU turbofans are just incredible!
Long takeoff roll and gradual accent like most Russian/Soviet aircraft. That was OK because the drinks were served shortly after takoff rotation.  champagne 

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CristalCerveza.jpg



I took this photo after we landed in Havana and everyone else exited the aircraft.


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After customs check in, we hire a taxi to our hotel. Our taxi was a brand new Lada.
Blue with black vinyl interior. Ideal for the hot & humid weather in Cuba, NOT!
I swear, those cars have no shocks what so ever. Felt every bump and pothole in that car but was thrilled to be riding in a Russian car for the first time.


This sign greets you as you exit Jose Marti International terminal.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/WelcomeSign.jpg


Did lots of sightseeing throughout Havana.
Some of the friendliest people I've met and was amazing to see so many talented artist; musicians, painters, dancers, spoken word, street theater, etc
Here is a street performance of some spoken word presentation on stilts.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/StreetPerformers1.jpg



Capitol building in Havana.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubaCapitol.jpg


I just hate it when people just don't know how to focus and center a picture!
That is supposed to read Revolucion.
That is at Revolucion Plaza.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Revolucion.jpg



Native Cubans often greet tourist and get to know them and ask if they can show you around. We met a cool couple that was thrilled to hang out and show us around. The guy was a saxophone player that had performed in East Germany, Poland, USSR, China and even here in the USA.
There was a house party at his family's house and they rounded up many random tourist and friends to just hang out and drink, eat and listen to some good live music.
This lady was over 80 years old and still had lots of energy and was able to sing & dance and party out with the rest of the youngin's.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/HouseParty.jpg



The old American cars alone is worth the trip to Cuba. Amazing to see how many 45+ year old American cars were still running on a shoestring budget most Cubans earn. That is proof that the United States makes the best cars in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  yes 

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Cars.jpg


One of the taxis I rode in was a 1947 (?) Plymouth with linoleum floors and 3-on-the-tree manual transmission and diesel engine.  Wow!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/PlymouthTaxi.jpg



Can anyone point out what kind of car this is?
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/StreetPerformers3.jpg


Only in Cuba can you see a nice classic American car sharing the road with a Russian/Soviet car.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/RussianCar.jpg





Streets of Havana after the rain.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/StreesOfHavana1.jpg



We purposely boycotted places like Veradero where native Cubans aren't allowed. We made the trip to get a taste of what life is like for ordinary Cubans and NOT hang around other tourist.
Went to a beach with the locals about 1.5 hours outside of Havana. The ride out there was interesting. A tractor-trailer that once carried cattle was converted to carry passengers. Linoleum floors, school chairs and a wire with a naked light-buld hanging from the ceiling was the 'bus' out to the beach. (sorry I don't have pictures of that)  Sad


The beaches were amazing!
Turquoise blue water, white sand beach and beautiful women!  Cool
didn't include many beach images as they almost all have my ex in them
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/StormOnHorizon.jpg




Back in Havana, had to do more sightseeing.
Rode in a Coco-Taxi.  boggled 
Damn that driver was cute!
I am going back to Havana and find her!  devil 
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/LadyCabDriver.jpg

He had a flat tire as Havana has many potholes. I insisted on changing the tire but she would not let me. She just wanted me to hold the taxi upright while she changed the tire. It's seemed routine for her.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/TaxiTireRepair.jpg




While in the in the Coco taxi, rode past the Cubana and Aeroflot ticketing office and had to get a photo in front like any other aviation geek.  Smile
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanaTicketingOffice.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/AeroflotTicketingOffice.jpg


Standing in front of Hotel Nacional.
That is the top hotel in Havana.  Cool
It cost a whopping $95 a night to stay there!  faint 
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/HotelNacional.jpg



Accommodations at the hotel we stayed at was very nice.
Here are a few views from our room.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Havana_view2.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Havana_view1.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/StormAboveHavana.jpg


The hotel had a house band that performed and they were INCREDIBLE!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanBand2.jpg


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanBand4.jpg


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanBand3.jpg



This was the first/only time I've seen a skinny lady playing a baritone saxophone. That is usually a fat guy instrument as a large lung capacity is required to play such an instrument.
They were moving so fast, it was hard to get a good photo.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanBand1.jpg


Afro-Cuban performers with the live band.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/AfroCubanDance.jpg


Drinkjng and partying out with the locals.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/GettingDrunkWithLocals.jpg



Dancing with fine Cuban lady.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/MeCubanLady.jpg


Made it out to the Malecon before our flight home.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/MeOnMalecon.jpg




I really like this photo I took of the Havana skyline prior to sunset.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/HavanaSkyline.jpg




The fun came to an end and it was time to return home.
The return flight was supposed to be on a Yak-42D but we had an equipment sub for the same IL-62 we flew in on.
I was so happy it wasn't an A320!
Had to enjoy a cigar before the leaving Cuba.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CubanaCigar.jpg


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/IL-62EngineView.jpg


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/FlightFromCubaIL-62.jpg


Yak-42D coming in for landing as we taxi for takeoff.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Yak-42D.jpg


Long takeoff roll.
Notice the AN-24s and the AOM DC-10 in the background.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/HAV.jpg


IL-62 converted in to a restaurant down on the ground.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/IL-62Restaurant.jpg


Rainbow over the Gulf Of Mexico.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/Rainbow.jpg


Shores of Mexico.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/CancunBeach.jpg



Flight from Cancun was on a Mexicana 727-200 Nuevo Laredo (XA-MEH)

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It was the pilots last day.
We had the 12(?) soldier salute on push back.
Then took off like a bat out of hell!
That pilot was flying the plane the entire time and it was a thrill flying in to Mexico City.
After the flight, there were plenty of champagne bottles popping in the terminal as it wa his last day flying.


Overall, it was a very fun and memorable time!
Great people, beaches, music, women, cars and aircraft.  Cool
 
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RE: Cubana IL-62 Experience. Fantastic!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:32 pm

Hey Lari...

Geez been ages since I last heard from ya, what have u been up to and hows life? Anyways, 8 years late...but great job on putting the images up. Really enjoy reading your many rare trip reports!!

Cheers!

Herb

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