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Series No 35 - Tupolev Tu-104 - Aeroflot's First Jet
by Yefim Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant
||Soft cover; 127 pages
||GBP19.99 from Ian Allan Publishing
||An examination of Aeroflotís first jet airliner.
for fans of Russian aviation history
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
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Red Star Series Number 35 by Yefim Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant follows on from their earlier volume on the Tupelov Tu-114. In this volume we are treated to a comprehensive examination of the TU-104, which become the Soviet Union’s first jet airliner.
The Tu-104 was designed to replace the Tu-70, itself based on the B-29. The Tu-104 was the result of mating the wings and tail of the Tu-16 Badger bomber with a newly designed fuselage designed to eventually carry 70 passengers plus crew.
A number of other variants were also proposed including a military transport, but aircraft such as the An-12 saw the end of those diversions.
As with other early Soviet airliners, the eventual 61 Tu-104s saw both civil and military but had little to no export success.
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.
In summary, this volume presents a good history and is essential for completionists collecting the Red Star series or that have read earlier volumes on the Tu-114 or Tu-154 airliners.
Recommended for fans of the more exotic Russian aviation types.
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