Tupolev Tu-114 The First Soviet Intercontinental Airliner; Red Star Volume 31

Hinckley, England: Midland [An Imprint of Ian Allan Publishing], 2007. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. The format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. 127. [1] pages. Illustrated front and back covers. Illustrations (some in color). Increasingly scarce publication. Yefim Gordon (born 1950 in Vilnius, Soviet Union) is a Lithuanian aircraft photographer and author who specializes in Soviet aircraft and Russian aviation. Gordon graduated in 1972 from the Polytechnic Institute Kaunas as an engineer/electronic technician. Since 1973 he lives in Moscow, where he collected photographs and books on the history of Soviet aviation. This collection became a large archive. Since the 1980s he is a professional aviation journalist and writer. He has authored and co-authored about 100 books on Soviet and Russian aviation in Russian, English, Polish and Czech, published articles in nearly 100 journals and photo reports. He also works as a photographer. The 2018 edition of Jane's All The World's Aircraft shows 50 of his photographs. Gordon is co-owner of the Moscow aviation publisher Polygon Press Ltd. His works are also distributed by Midland publishing (now Ian Allan Publishing), Hikoki Publications Japan and Crécy publishing ltd. As a co-author, he regularly collaborates with Dmitri and Sergey Komissarov. Vladimir Rigmant was the house historian and curator of the Tupolev Museum, located at the Moscow headquarters of what is called Public Stock Company Tupolev. In the early 1950s, OKB Tupolev, the Tupolev design bureau, was instructed by the Soviet government to design a civil airliner with an intercontinental range. Based upon the earlier four-engined Tu-95 strategic bomber, the resulting aircraft was the largest airliner constructed at that time, providing accommodation for up to 220 passengers. The Tu-144 confounded experts by being able to fly at speeds similar to those achieved by jet aircraft, while still using turboprop technology. The Tu-114 set a number of records, including the speed record for a turbo-prop aircraft that still stands 50 years later. A total of 31 Tu-114’s entered service with Aeroflot, operating over long distance internal services and international services to cities from Tokyo to Havana. Gradually replaced from 1971, the last Tu-144 Aeroflot service was withdrawn in 1975. However, a number of the Tu-114’s were subsequently converted into AWACS aircraft as the Tu-126 "Moss" for operation in the Soviet navy. From Wikipedia: The Tupolev Tu-114 Rossiya (NATO reporting name Cleat) is a retired large turboprop-powered long-range airliner designed by the Tupolev design bureau and built in the Soviet Union from May 1955. The aircraft is the largest and fastest passenger plane at that time and also has the longest range, at 6,800 mi. It has held the official title of fastest propeller-driven aircraft since 1960. Due to its swept wing and powerplant design, the Tu-114 was able to travel at speeds typical of modern jetliners, 550 mph. Although it was able to accommodate 224 passengers, when operated by Aeroflot, it was more common to accommodate 170 passengers with sleeping berths and a dining lounge. The Tu-114 carried over six million passengers before being replaced by the jet-powered Ilyushin Il-62. Thirty-two aircraft were built at the Kuibyshev aviation plant (No.18) in the early 1960s. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Intercontinental, Airliner, TU-114, Tupolev, Aircraft Design, Turboprop, Passenger Aircraft, Swept wing, Powerplant, Aeroflot, Prototype, Variants

ISBN: 9781857802467

[Book #87773]

Price: $750.00