We have already told you about the museum of civil aviation in Ulyanovsk. Let us discuss some of its exhibits in detail.
The Tupolev Tu-104 (NATO reporting name: Camel) was a twin-engined medium-range turbojet-powered Soviet airliner and the world’s first successful jet airliner. Although it was the fourth jet airliner to fly, the Tu-104 was the second to enter regular service with Aeroflot and the first to provide a sustained and successful service. The Tu-104 was the sole jetliner operating in the world between 1956 and 1958.
In 1962 a Tu-104 was brought down by an area defence missile.
Rules of safety were hardly followed that time. Nobody thought how cervical areas of passengers should be protected. However, sitting here is rather comfortable.
The first Tu-104 built at the aviation plant in Ukraine got off the ground in 1955. In 1956 the USSR produced a great impression on the western world when the plane arrived to London during the visit of First Secretary at the Central Committee plenum Nikita Khrushchev.