The Tupolev Tu-124 was a short-range twin jet airliner that first flew on 29 March 1960. Powered by two Soloviev D-20P turbofan engines, it is a smaller derivative of the Tupolev Tu-104, designed to seat up to 44 passengers on domestic services.
Aeroflot put the aircraft into service from 2 October 1962 and two other airlines bought it new, East Germany’s Interflug and Czechoslovakia’s CSA. It could fly as far as 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) with maximum fuel and a 3,000 kilogram payload.
Tupolev Tu-124 Video
Following on from the last video about the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, this time we head over to the Soviet Union for a look at the Tupolev Tu-124. This runs for about eight minutes and is a little different to usual.
The History Guy gives a brief overview of the aircraft, leading in to the main story. That is about the time one of the aircraft ditched in the Neva River in Leningrad on 21 August 1963.
Just like the so called “Miracle on the Hudson” ditching of US Airways 1549, this pilot also saved all of his passengers. There is another fun twist to the story as well, but you’ll need to watch the video for that.
Happily the presenter has a very fast style of talking, keeping it interesting and not boring. It’s definitely a story worth remembering, and I’m pleased there are photos to go with it.
Production of the Tupolev Tu-124 ceased in 1965 after 164 aircraft were produced. Other users included the Air Forces of India, China, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Iraq. Aeroflot ceased passenger services with the plane on 21 January 1980, and after that only the Soviet and Iraqi Air Force used it for a few more years.
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Featured image by Lars Söderström on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.