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#1942 Czech Air Force - Tupolev Tu-154M (1003)

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Tupolev Tu-154M (1003) from the Czech Air Force at the Czech International Air Fest 2005, Brno-Tuřany (Czech Republic)

The Tupolev Tu-154 (Ту-154) is a three-engine medium-range narrow-body airliner designed in the mid-1960s and manufactured by Tupolev.
A workhorse of Soviet and (subsequently) Russian airlines for several decades, it carried half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries and remaining the standard domestic-route airliner of Russia and former Soviet states until the mid-2000s. It was exported to 17 non-Russian airlines and used as head-of-state transport by the air forces of several countries. With a cruising speed of 975 kilometres per hour (606 mph),
the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in use and has a range of 5280 kilometres (3280 mi). Capable of operating from unpaved and gravel airfields with only basic facilities, it was widely used in the extreme Arctic conditions of Russia's northern/eastern regions where other airliners were unable to operate. Originally designed for a 45.000 hr service life (18.000 cycles) but capable of 80.000 hrs with upgrades, it is expected to continue in service until 2016, although noise regulations have restricted flights to western Europe and other regions.

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