Questions tagged [soviet-union]

The Soviet Union (officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR) was a nation that existed from 1922 to 1991.

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Why was the An-225 built when the VM-T Atlant already did the job?

The Soviet Buran program decided to use a carrier aircraft to move their orbiter and Energia tanks similarly to the American Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. However, the Soviet Union built two types to do ...
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What's parked in Mil Moscow helicopter plant?

This answer has a photo of a Mil Mi-26 that I felt in love with, so I looked in Wikipedia and learned it's the largest production helicopter, second only to Mil V-12 that flew as a prototype. In turn,...
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Why there are nearly no upper wing jetliners? [duplicate]

Whenever I look at the western airliners. All of their wings are always mounted on the lower part of the fuselage except the Dash 8 series which have turbo props. But the Soviet jetliners have their ...
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What means of navigation did commercial Soviet airplanes use in the 50s-90s?

Nowadays, practically all Western commercial airplanes use some kind of GNSS/GPS as primary means of navigation, sometimes paired with inertial navigation systems and user-friendly computer interfaces ...
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In Polikarpov I-153, Were the gulled wings very important?

Lets look to the I153 It looks like it was made in order to make space for pilot to see its front just like here But What about in the aerodynamics study ? Are Gulled wing design very important ...
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Was the Buran space shuttle capable of doing a go-around?

In several places I've seen reference to the Buran automated landing where it supposedly did a go-around and came in for a second landing attempt. I was under the impression that the Buran was ...
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Were civilian aircraft allowed to overfly the Soviet Union?

The great-circle route from Western Europe to, say, Japan involves putting in a lot of miles above Russia, for example like this (London Heathrow–Tokyo Narita; map from gcmap.com). Would routes ...
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What measures were taken to keep Soviet airline pilots in the Soviet Union? [closed]

How did the Soviet Union keep airline pilots from leaving the country? It seems like it would have been pretty easy to do since the pilots are already in the air. And I would guess at least some ...