S u m m a r y
Series No 31 Tupolev TU-114
||Soft cover; 127 pages
GBP19.99 from Ian Allan Publishing
||An examination of Russia’s
first inter-continental airliner.
for fans of Russian aviation history
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
Red Star's "Tupolev Tu-114" will be
available online from Squadron
Red Star Series Number 31 is
the latest volume from author Yefim Gordon, this time teamed with
Vladimir Rigmant. In this volume we are treated to a comprehensive
examination of the TU-114, which gave the Soviet Union its first
airliner with true inter-continental range.
On direction of the Soviet
Government the Tupelov OKB took the proven Tu-95 and developed it as
the Tu-114. By the late 1950’s this approach gave the USSR a
turbo-prop that operated at jet speeds. The Tu-114 did suffer from
limited appeal, with no exports recorded and only 31 entering
service with Aeroflot. By the mid 1970s airframe fatigue meant the
end of this graceful aircraft.
As with all the Red Star
series this volume covers initial concept, development of the type,
in-service history and an in-detail section. Unsurprising for a book
authored by Yefim Gordon among others, this book is a comprehensive
examination of the subject matter. It will not be to the taste of
all, and the applicability as a modelling reference is limited with
only the old odd-scale Eastern Express kit available. The TU-114 was
the flagship of Soviet airtravel for over 20 years and this book
offers a chance to expand your knowledge of this graceful type.
Recommended for fans of the
more esoteric Russian aviation types.
Thanks to Simon of DLS Australia for the review
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