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Russian Aircraft in the United States

AbOvo

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Anyone know why you pretty much never see Russian aircraft in the US? I have seen the AN-124 and 224 in the US but you rarely if ever see anything else.

I assume they may not have RVSM but is there some other airworthiness issue with the TU-134s, AN-70, and such?

Yes I do realize a lot of the Russian aircraft are way behind in electronics technology and somewhat craptastic from a passenger standpoint. There are however some pretty large Russian corporate aircraft.
 

flyboyike

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Anyone know why you pretty much never see Russian aircraft in the US? I have seen the AN-124 and 224 in the US but you rarely if ever see anything else.

I assume they may not have RVSM but is there some other airworthiness issue with the TU-134s, AN-70, and such?

Yes I do realize a lot of the Russian aircraft are way behind in electronics technology and somewhat craptastic from a passenger standpoint. There are however some pretty large Russian corporate aircraft.

Well, the An-70 is still not in series production and when it is, it will likely only be in military service, so you probably won't see it, except at AFBs. I have seen Russian Government aircraft at BOS (Il-62M, Il-96). The -134 is slowly becoming a relic with fewer and fewer being in use even in Russia, so...
 

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Yes I forgot the AN-70 has been experimental for the last ten years. Look like a neat airplane and they say it has near jet speeds.

The panel on the -134 certainly looks ancient!
 

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I don't think any of the aircraft ever received US type certificates.
 

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I think other than a few of the AN-124's operated by Volka Denpr or whatever the real spelling is, unless it's a Boeing or Airbus built Aeroflot plane you likely aren't going to see it flying passengers/freight over the USA. There are plenty of USSR/Russian built planes flying out of Cuba but they usually don't pass through US airspace and I don't think ever over the US land. (see flightaware.com, MUHA as the airport ident)
 

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The ones I know of (AN-2, Mi 8, Mi 24, etc.) are registered as experimental and used for military support such as disimilar training. So I guess they're being used commercially, but only on contract to Uncle Sam, not hauling pax or cargo.
 

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I think other than a few of the AN-124's operated by Volka Denpr or whatever the real spelling is, unless it's a Boeing or Airbus built Aeroflot plane you likely aren't going to see it flying passengers/freight over the USA. There are plenty of USSR/Russian built planes flying out of Cuba but they usually don't pass through US airspace and I don't think ever over the US land. (see flightaware.com, MUHA as the airport ident)

Except for this one... http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CUB9180
 

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Russians

AN-26's and AN-12 flying out of the airport North of MIA flown by Russians.
USAF has one or two IL-76's.
 

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Guyana Air flew a TU-154 to JFK in the 80's.
 

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Guyana Air flew a TU-154 to JFK in the 80's.

As I recall, those were actually Tarom aircraft, they had Romanian tail #s for sure, YR-something.
 

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As I recall, those were actually Tarom aircraft, they had Romanian tail #s for sure, YR-something.
Cool ! I didn't know that. The Tupolev was an extremely rare sight at JFK.
 

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JFK sees head of state TU's and IL's on a pretty regular basis, would imagine IAD does as well.

Always love it when the Iranians show up in their B747 SP, ohh the irony!
 

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As I recall, those were actually Tarom aircraft, they had Romanian tail #s for sure, YR-something

How do you remember some tails/flights more than 20 years ago?
 

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How do you remember some tails/flights more than 20 years ago?

Trust me, there are times when having a near-photographic memory really sucks. This is one of them.
 

countbat

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Trust me, there are times when having a near-photographic memory really sucks. This is one of them.

Still it must be more to that. I don't even know who the hell Tarom is. or YR tails! You must have been ectremly young then, with only 2600 hrs?
 

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TAROM ,the Romanian state airline,flew a mix of Soviet and Western equipment. In '99,I saw one of their last 707-320C's fly into KYIP with a load of automotive cargo from Hamburg,Germany, that was the last working 707 I've seen,other than some Omega tankers,and John Travoltas beautiful V bird.
 

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Still it must be more to that. I don't even know who the hell Tarom is. or YR tails! You must have been ectremly young then, with only 2600 hrs?

I was about 13 when I last saw a Guyana/Tarom -154. I was a pimply aviation geek back then. The pimples are gone now.
 

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I was about 13 when I last saw a Guyana/Tarom -154. I was a pimply aviation geek back then. The pimples are gone now.

Now that you metioned it, I remember flying east coast during about that time and I heard on the radio ATC asking a strange aircraft for speed. The answer was Mach .92. Because of the heavy accent we thought it was a mistake instead of Mach .82. I remember someone asked what kind of plane was that. The guy said TU-154 and I, being an a#$, replied " The Ruskies are coming, the Ruskies are coming". Thanks Kid for bringing back old memories.
 
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