14 August 2004
P-42 Record Break on a sodden Zhukovsky ramp....
The 'P-42' designation refers to 'Pobed 42' - the victory at Stalingrad in 1942.
Note the nosewheel FOD guard has been removed to save weight.
The cross on the canopy was made from red tape - to give the optimum climb angle. Parts of it are missing.
The radar was removed and the radome was replaced by a 'tin' version.
The airframe was stripped of paint and all joints sealed.
The fin tips were removed - as was the tailboom.
This Il-976 is destined for China - I just thought it looked funny
A closer look at the 'face' on the Il-976.
This Tu-134A was sitting on the wet ramp as we left.....