15 Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Posted on December 30, 2014 by tim

These TU-128 planes are pretty rare. In the 1970s, only ten planes were produced and this is probably the only one that survived. It was found at the plane repair plant in Rzhevsk, Russia. They were used to train Soviet border guard interceptor pilots, and what made them particularly unique is that the instructor pilot’s cockpit is on top of the plane.

On the normal TU interceptors of that time the instructor’s dome was absent and the radar was there, but those ten planes had no additional radars there but had an instructors cockpit, which had glass windows and an emergency escape chair.

Basically, the TU company was known for making long range bomber planes that could carry nuclear bombs, but these are TU interceptors, which are pretty rare – usually interceptors were MiGs or SUs.

Because of its weird appearance this plane was called “A Pelican” by the pilots.

Place to mount bombs or missiles.

Locals say that one day they wanted to set it up as a monument in the city square, but it couldn’t fit through the factory’s front gate – that’s where they got those scratches from.

Some vandals broke its wing.


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15 Responses to “Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk”

  1. john says:

    Very cool ,great posting

  2. JH says:

    Shooting down a passenger jet is not an accident. Not in 1983. Not in 2014

    • Bob says:

      The Russians never claimed Korean Air was an accident and I hope you’re being an idiot and insinuating that Russia is guilty of shooting down MH17.

    • JH says:

      Not in 3 July 1988 too …(Iran Air Flight 655)
      btw. in 2014, passenger jet is Downed by Ukrainian military… there are Tons of evidences.

      • Darius says:

        Care to share? Because lots of them were also almost immediately shown to be false like for example that satellite photo.

    • Talik says:

      Neither in 1988 when the bloody Yanks did it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655
      only close minded uneducated idiot westerns always point the fingers at russia, keep believing your FOX NEWS rubbish.

      • JH says:

        Yes, uss Vincennes shot down an Iran passenger jet based on _radar_ data and case were _admitted_ asap. KAL 007 were shot down after visual identification of civialian plane.

        And we could easily add to the list the flight KAL 902 which were at 1978 shot in soviet airspace also after visual indentification but luckily managed to land only with 2 casualties.

      • Mike says:

        Uh, the Soviets admitted to downing Korea Air 007, dude. On a more serious not, what MSM outlet aside from FOX do you recommend? They’re all crap, but the…more progressive…not to mention liberal…outlets are usually more idiotic in comparison.

      • Muzzlehatch says:

        Fox News is probably more often on the Russian side than otherwise.

  3. Bowner says:

    ‘emergency escape chair’ — Ejection Seat?

  4. Rusty says:

    I hope this aircraft does not get forgotten and allowed to crumble away. Too many aircraft from all over the world that represent different histories are allowed to be scrapped or rust away. It doesn’t take much money to preserve a countries heritage. Also there are different forums for political discussions. This isn’t one of them.

  5. bob says:

    Wow that is a great looking plane! Hope it gets saved and not cut up for scrap :(

  6. Sergey Sadikov says:

    A little notice – this town is not Rzhevsk but RZHEV ! Learn the GEOGRAPHY…

  7. Papa Karlo says:

    “It couldn’t fit through the factory’s front gate” – I don’t believe that. I know Russians too well to believe that. They would have measured the gate before trying to bring the plane through it. Unless they were totally wasted (drunk) which is a possibility, alright. Or unless they tried to steal it to sell for scrap metal or something, which is even more probable.

  8. pilottoo says:

    By the way, the instructor´s seat is in the nose, insted of radar, not on the top. Any way, beatiful acft of its time, russians dont care about treasures of their past, a bit barbariouse

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