This Day in Aviation History
March 29th, 1960
First flight of the Tupolev Tu-124.
The Tupolev Tu-124 (NATO reporting name: Cookpot) was a 56-passenger short-range twinjet airliner built in the Soviet Union.
Developed from the medium-range Tupolev Tu-104, the Tu-124 was meant to meet Aeroflot’s requirement for a regional airliner to replace the Ilyushin Il-14 on domestic routes. Resembling a 75% scaled-down Tu-104, the two were hard to tell apart at a distance but it was not a complete copy of the Tu-104. The Tu-124 had a number of refinements, including double-slotted flaps, a large centre-section airbrake and automatic spoilers. Unlike the Tu-104, the wing trailing edge inboard of the undercarriage was unswept.
Wikipedia, Tupolev Tu-124: http://gstv.us/1pW9u0R
YouTube, На борту Ту-124 – On a board of Tu-124: http://gstv.us/2n7oTdD
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