Flying on Unbelievable Russian and Soviet Planes

Flying on Unbelievable Russian and Soviet Planes

(upbeat inspirational music) – Today’s video is all
about Soviet aviation. Many of you may be unfamiliar with this, but I want to show you what’s
flying on the Russian Plane, a Soviet airplane’s like,
and I also have the expert of Russian Soviet aviation,
Charles Kennedy with me. Antonov has the world’s
largest aeroplane ever. – [Charles] Yes, the
Mriya, the Antonov 225. – [Robert] Yup. – [Charles] And also the Antonov 124, the Ruslan transporter. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) – [Robert] Still, the size
just leave many people wonder, how does this thing get off in the air. (dramatic orchestral music) (singing in foreign language) – [Robert] The Tupolev 154 is
a three engine aeroplanes , one of the fastest flying
three engine aeroplane in the world.
– That’s true. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) It was, yeah. It was very, very fast. The sweep of the wings was very extreme. So it was, yeah, like an arrow. – [Robert] What’s the best
thing about Tupolev 154 to you? – [Charles] For me, well,
it was the workhorse of the Soviet Union. Even to this day, a third
of all air flight passengers ever in history flew in the 154. They built nearly a 1000 of them, so it was the backbone
of the Soviet Union. Which, by the way, is a country
that spanned 11 time zones. – I want to share with you,
my last Tupolev 154 flight. It was a flight from Moscow to a place called Polyarny Odace. Which the Tupolev 154 was used, because Boeing 737-800
couldn’t make the landing. The runway is extremely bumpy
and a lack of maintenance, so the only 154 can do
this kind of hard landings. (singing in foreign language) (landing gear squealing) – [Automated Control
Panel] 80, 60, 40, 20, 10. (rumbling) (upbeat music) – So the second plane
I want to show you guys is recently just retired. It’s also operated by
Alrosa Aviation from Russia. It is the Tupolev 134. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) This very trustworthy pocket rocket has done so many trips across Siberia. – [Charles] Yeah. – [Robert] My last flight
on them was in 2017, from a Mirny to Irkutsk. And I wanna show you guys how the men’s are flying
the Russian plane. What difference is the western pilots in compared to the Russian pilots? Why the Russian pilots seems
like pulling every muscles they have to operate the plane? – It’s a good question. I think the aeroplanes were very basic and not a lot of what you
would call power steering. These were– – [Robert] Made for real pilots to fly. – [Charles] Yeah, real pilots. The expression of like–
– No pushing a button. – [Charles] No, no, no. It’s man-draulic. – [Robert] Man-draulic.
– Yeah. Not hydraulic, man-draulic, yeah. But the 134, a real, like
you said, pocket rocket. Very high performance. In fact, it was even used
to train fighter pilots. Before military guys
went onto fighter jets, they’d have flights on
the 134 for training, ’cause it was such a rocket. (singing in foreign language) (speaking foreign language) (dramatic orchestral music) – The next aeroplane I want to show you is an Antonov 12, four engine turbo prop. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) Designed probably in the
late 50’s, early 60’s? – Yes, exactly. – It’s still operational
in a lot of countries like Belarus, and the flow
one, which channels together. – Yeah.
– And I remember, they opened the cargo ramp during– – That’s right.
– –in the air, just to show us the capability of it. – [Charles] Yeah. – [Robert] And then you see
all the smoke trail coming out from all the source in the engine. That was a great experience on An-12. – Yeah, really great, really great. Just the cargo net
between you and the sky. – Yeah, and what I admire, is this true airmenship of the pilots. They work synchronizerdly as a team– – Yeah.
– –to operate this An-12. We’ve got navigators sitting underneath, you’ve got engineer and you got two pilots sitting on the upper deck. – [Charles] Yes. (singing in foreign language) (singing in foreign language) (propellers humming) (electronic rattling) We’re gonna show us the Antonov 74. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) – Now this aeroplane has two jets engine, mounted high on it’s wing. I was very fortunate. I’ve flown it in Iran, and
they use aeroplanes converting from cargo to passenger. Very lucky, I had the
GoPro in the cockpits to land and you can see how the footage, from how the pilots fly them. (engine humming) (soft music) (electronic rattling) Now Charles, what’s
your favourite aeroplane in Soviet aviation? – I have to say, it’s the Ilyushin 62. – Ah. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) – [Robert] Four engines, Soviet premiere. – [Charles] Yes, yes. – [Robert] Intercontinental aeroplane. – [Charles] Yeah, Moscow to
Havanan, Moscow to Pyongyang, to Beijing, and yeah, all over Africa. A beautiful looking
aeroplane, like you said, four engines at the back. A real classic. – [Robert] I particularly
enjoy sitting towards the end, the rear of the plane,
to listen to the four solo FB30 engine. It is a symphony,
especially towards landing. You can hear different
pitch, while the pilot’s throttling the landing. It’s this amazing music to my ears. (engine roaring) (plane engine squealing) (singing in foreign language) The Soviet Union, they’re very creative. – They are creative.
– Their lack of materials, lack of technologies,
but they had to survive, they had to adapt, and came up with different ways on these aeroplanes . – So do you remember in North Korea, we flew on the Ilyushin 76. (electronic beeping) (heavy beat music) The big jet freighter. – [Robert] Of course. Four engine also, same engine as the 62. The solo one, I believe. – [Charles] Right, that’s exactly right, that’s exactly right.
– Solo xc30 engines. – [Charles] Yup, yup. – [Robert] You know, it’s
just, you were inside a shoebox, basically, at take
off, and then you can’t see. But it’s just, wow. Crazy noise, this aeroplane makes. – [Charles] Crazy noise, yeah. – [Robert] Crazy noise. And I’m gonna show you the footage. During one takeoff in North Korea, they have to put lots
of weight in the middle. Carry lots of stuff to
balance the weights, because it was not used
to have empty weight. Just a few passengers inside. I’m really glad that we’ve
flown a cargo plane together. – [Charles] I know. (engine roaring) (singing in foreign language) (plane engine roaring) (electronic rattling) So I’m sure you know this,
the thing to remember, but it’s actually the
fist super sonic airliner ever built was not concord. It was the Tuploev 144. This is a fantasy delivery air courier, never had the 144, but airfloat did. – So I hope you liked the video. I am Robert Glada. I was born at a time when there were still a lot and lots of Soviet
Russian aviation going on, but they were very fast
disappearing in the sky. I’m glad that I seized the opportunity to fly on this planes. Now sharing this video with you. (dramatic orchestral music) (slow dramatic music) (ding)

100 thoughts on “Flying on Unbelievable Russian and Soviet Planes”

  1. I love to fly on rare aircraft types. Have you flown on any Russian/Soviet built planes? Love to hear your experience!

  2. In Cubana Airline there is already An-2 and An-24 flying and other russian planes with more than 30 years of explotation… I take one from the Isle of Youth located in southwest of Cuba to Havana, crazy experience…

  3. Imagine. None of these planes (and other soviet inventions such as spacecraft) would have happened if someone didn't decide to write a book in the 19th century. Imagine a person writing a book today and 200 years from now people use that book as inspiration to somehow build a starship to Proxima Centauri. Crazy!!!

  4. Antonov Antonov throw your airbuses at the wall Russia is a great country yuh hu hu hu hu (to the tune of Moscow moscow)

  5. antonov was designed by ukrainians. built by ukrainians, and the part were half ukrainian half russian. antonov is ukrainian and not russian or soviet. it is a huge insult as ukraine was one of the biggest victims next to all soviet citizens of the communitization.

  6. Летайте на списанном говне! Удачно породниться со Всем экипажем!

  7. I am in an Aerospace engineering faculty in Romania. In one of our classes we have a scheme with all the hydraulics in the TU-154, along with buttons and indicators. It's a shame nobody actually uses that for teaching.

  8. Sam, since you have mentioned Russia in the title to your video, I think it would be fair to mention that Antonov is a Ukrainian plane manufacturer.

  9. Hey, Sam for future: PLEASE, do not combine Ukrainian airplane with Ukrainian flag livery on it with soviet-style music, this is absolutely disgusting for every Ukrainian watching this. Still, for the video – Like

  10. Any chance you find an Antonov 148 flight somewhere? That plane looks like it could be a worthy successor to BAe-146.

  11. These plane ✈️ are low maintenance, lands on bumpy runway, flys on extreme weather…….Real skill from the pilot 👨‍✈️

  12. Why do their engines sound so good? I noticed that the C5A sounds similar when it comes over my house. I guess they used military technology on civilian aircraft. One thing is for sure, they are tough old birds. It's my dream to fly the 154. One day maybe.

  13. Great video, thanks Sam. Quite nostalgic to me as I grew up in Soviet Union, and remember traveling on these airplanes with my father.
    I would not agree on “lack of technology and materials” though, but overall very interesting and thanks again!

  14. did you fly the An2 Sam? I think i would have loved to fly on the Tu134 the most. Apparently it flew better then the Tu154 models according to pilot accounts.

  15. I have been long waiting for this video on Soviet Aviation @sam chui … Thank you so much…. Need more Soviet Stuff videos also please….


  17. What a load of crap, the Russian SST might have been the first to fly, which I dought, but shure as hell was the first one to CRASH, even at an airshow. And most every Russian aircraft is a copy of a western aircraft, but worse.

  18. Russian/Soviet compared to Boeing and Airbus planes is like comparing a Bentley to a Land Cruiser. Russian planes can land anywhere (within reason) whereas Boeing and Airbus needs nice maintained runways.

  19. Meanwhile, a faint voice can be heard echoing from the skies…

    "Welcome to my laboratory… where safety is number one priority…"

  20. Hi Sam
    Regarding the magnificent Tu-134. I live in Eastern Australia and had the enormous privilidge of visiting Moscow and Leningrad/St Petersburg in the winter, in 1992 in the months after the fall of the Soviet Union. Temperatures were -35C and the airports I landed in were populated by large numbers of Aeroflot passenger aircraft in rows painted in white and blue and which I vieiwed contrasted against white winter snow. I had just flown from Singapore to Moscow via Dehli and the UAE in one wide bodied Aeroflot Il-86 when I first saw these sights.

    I boarded a very cool looking white and blue Aeroflot Tu-134 lfor a flight from Moscow to London late one morning on a tarmc contrasting with the surrounding snow and my seat window was the rearmost beside the right engine. The pilot kept the breaks on until the engine was running at full thrust before he releasted them for what was a very short run and really steep climb at high speed. This take-off is the most exciting I believe I will ever experience, and I take every effort I can to fly in anything big or small! When we reached England, we followed the River Thames to London at medium/low altitude and the view was as magnificent as that fighter like jet flight.

    From that experience I know the Tu-134 is a gun… really! I appreciate very much the way you presented the Tu-134 aircraft here in your excellent video and I also have warm and vibrant memories of some of the other aircraft.
    Cheers. David. Canberra.

  21. Only on An-12 everyone has a air conditioner, and a big arse view. Only Soviet aviation planes don't lift into the air, they commands the air and lift them.

  22. I never was a pilot but been in many aircraft and admire them. These Russian aircraft look like you have to have very good pilot skills rather than have the technology do certain things for you! Also, looks like its one hell of a work out on that throttle! Looks like wrestling an alligator! Great video and much respect to the pilots letting you film the inside of the cockpit!

  23. I remember seeing Russian aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow tradedays many years ago. They were dirty, WELL used, dented, had bald tyres and glass noses so, apparently, they could be used as bombers in case of war !

  24. Some of these planes hark back to the 1950's, but there is an interesting Russian plane of the 1930's the Tupolev ANT 30. This plane was a transport and it was huge. Paratroopers could hang on top of its wings and slide off. It was powered by 6 piston engines – I think most Soviet engines were spin offs of American Wright and Pratt Whitney engines but tailored for the tough Russian conditions. The Ilyushin il62 is a beautiful aircraft, long range and smooth with thrust from the tail and streamlined wings. But in all these aircraft the instrumentation is very out dated (analog inputs).
    Russia is a vast country, so their engineering focuses on simple, rugged easy to maintain/repair designs. I have never flown on a Russian aircraft but their aviation is interesting.

  25. Nice video , but as in many videos , the supporting text is flashed by so quickly that it can not be read (especially this video) without constantly having to pause and reverse in order to read. It ruins the " flow " especially background music. I think the video producers already know what the text says , so it easy to forget that the audience does not know and needs adequate time to read. Other that that it is an excellent video but has room for improvement . I uderstand that some scenes are very brief , so maybe an introduction before the scene is viewed .Thank you.

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