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Is the "glass nose" Tu-134 design for easier conversion to military use?

Converting a Tu-104, a Tu-124 or a Tu-134 to a bomber only would had worked if there had also been provisions for a bomb bay. Including this in a pressurized fuselage would had incurred a severe ...
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Why does the Tu-134UBL have a sharp/pointed nose cone?

According to Wikipedia, the UBL variant of the TU-134 was designed/used to train TU-160 crew, and is using its nose-cone. As to why, I think we can only assume. I think that a fair assumption would be ...
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Is the "glass nose" Tu-134 design for easier conversion to military use?

It's because of its lineage, based on military aircraft. The Tu-134 provided a glass nose for a navigator position, providing them with a clear view of the ground ahead. According to Tupolev Bureau, ...
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