Aviation Photo #4294397 Tupolev Tu-142MK-E - India - Navy

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ARK has the longest military runway in Asia for a reason. A regular sortie in A Tu-142 lasts about 10 hours. It's MTOW is twice that of a P-8I. High temperatures year round don't help either. On a good day, A Tu-142 at MTOW cleared the airport by a few meters. This day though was different. It was the final fly-past rehearsal before the decommissioning ceremony, so it had barely any fuel. The aircraft rotated right in front of us after using just half the runway.
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Photo Added: April 08, 2017

Comments (2)

1 month ago
I find this shot much better than the night upload, not in terms of quality, but in conveying what the Bear actually is. Love this aircraft. Good shot!
1 month ago
Thanks Atamvir!

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