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Tupolev Tu-154

By Patrick Mondout

Tupolev Tu-154The Tupolev Tu-154 was developed to replace aging Tu-104 jets and Il-18 turboprops on Aeroflot's medium range routes. The prototype Tu-154, codenamed 'Careless' by NATO, was rolled out for its first flight on October 4, 1968.

If the Tu-134 was the Soviet DC-9, the Tu-154 - with its 'T' tail and three tail-mounted engines - was the Soviet 727.

Tupolev Tu-154

A Tarom (YR-TPD) Tu-154 seen in Germany, September 1984 at the Rhein-Main Air Force Base.

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Tupolev Tu-154 at a Glance
Engines3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II
Cruising Speed590
Passengers180 (154 standard)
Span123ft 2.5in
Length157ft 1.75in
Height37ft 4.5in
Mesurements refer to Tu-154M


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Soviet-era stamp

Model: Tu-154

Manufacturer: Tupolev

Country: Russia

First Flight: October 4, 1968

First Passenger Flight: February 9, 1972

Launch CustomerAeroflot

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