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

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166   India
10 months 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!
60   India
10 months ago
Thanks Atamvir!

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