Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

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.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

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.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

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.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

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

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Place to mount bombs or missiles.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

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 Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some vandals broke its wing.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Even though it was called “A Pelican” they still found it to be a nice looking plane.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

And this is another plane that probably went through the factory gates fine and became a monument in a square. It’s a SU-15 jet.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

SU-15 interceptor jets are connected to one sad accident in 1983. At that time, a Russian pilot, Genadiy Osipovich, had shot down a Korean Boeing 747 which went deep inside the Soviet territory and wasn’t responding to radio messages.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Same city, Rzhevsk, has one more monument – a MiG-17 plane.

Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk

Big thanks to Marina, a plane photographer enthusiast, for her effort and photos!

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15 thoughts on “Some Rare Tu-128 Intercepter Jets of Rzhevsk”

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. “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.

  3. 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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