Of all Soviet and Russian medium haul airliners the Tupolev TU-154 was built in the greatest numbers by far. It is the only Soviet airliner to remain in mass production after the breakup of the Soviet Union. It introduced new standards of comfort, and has a well-earned reputation as a true airline workhorse. It's history and development is well accounted for here and the photographs, both in colour and B/W, are many.
The Tupolev Tu-154 was one of the most successful and long-lived of Soviet/Russian jet airliners. It was developed in response to the need for a state-of-the-art medium-haul jet airliner that would succeed the twin-engined Tu-104. Sharing the 'T-tail' layout of the Boeing 727 an the Hawker Siddeley Trident, the prototype took to the air on October 3, 1968. It became not only the principal medium-haul aircraft of the Soviet airline Aeroflot, but also one of the Soviet Union's best sellers on the commercial aircraft market. This volume covers the Tu-54 fully, tracing its development and operational history and describing all known versions and variants, including some unrealized projects that were based on the airplane. Includes a detailed production list, operator lists on a country-by-country basis, accident details, and numerous color photos and line drawings.