Tamás Martényi details the resurrection of an important Eastern Bloc airliner


The Hungarian Tupolev Tu-154 looks stunning after its external ‘facelift’ in this nocturnal study and even bears the name of the pilot who delivered it to MALÉV in 1973, Dr András Fülöp. TAMÁS MARTÉNYI

Tupolev’s Tu-154, which was afforded the NATO reporting name Careless, is one of Russia’s best-known jet passenger aircraft. Last year brought a double anniversary… of the type’s inaugural flight 50 years before and MALÉV Hungarian Airlines taking delivery of its initial example, coded HA-LCA, five years afterwards. To mark these milestones, Hungary’s not-forprofit Aviation Cultural Center (ACC) in Budapest, set itself a goal… to restore the very first of the firm’s Tu-154 airframes to its original glory.

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