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Tupolev Tu-104/124

The first Soviet-built passenger jet airliner is derived from the Tu-16 bomber. It has the same general appearance, but the Tu-104 and Tu-124 of course have cabin windows! In addition, the wings are below the fuselage instead of straight through and the horizontal stabiliser is mounted to the rear fuselage instead of the base of the vertical stabiliser.

Tupolev Tu-114

Based on the Tu-95 bomber Tupolev made this fast turboprop powered passenger aircraft. Like the Tu-95 the Tu-114 has four engines with two counter-rotating props each and four wheel main gears that retract rearward in pods extending from the inner nacelles. Having low mounted wing however means that the gear is relatively long.

The Tu-134 can be seen as the Russian F28, DC-9 or BAC One Eleven. It shares the same basic appeareance, but can easily be recognised by the landing gear. The main gear has four wheels per leg and retracts backwards in pods extending from the wing trailing edge, instead of in the fuselage. Additionally, older versions have a glaced nose.

The Soviet supersonic transport aircraft that actually flew, is the Tu-144. The wings of the Tupolev have a double delta shape. Underneath are closely spaced engine nacelles. In most cases the main landing gears have sixteen wheels each. Finally, most Tu-144s have retractable canard wings below the cockpit.

Compared to other jets with a T-tail and three engines at the rear the Tu-154 has one characteristic making it easy to recognise: the six-wheel main landing gear legs retracting backwards in pods extending from the wing trailing edge. Moreover note the forward pointing bullet fairing at the top of the vertical stabiliser.

Tupolev Tu-16/Xian H-6

The Tu-16 jet bomber has two jet engines placed in the wing roots. The wings have anhedral and the four wheel main landing gear retracts backwards into pods extending from the wing trailing edge. The Xian H-6 is the license-built Chinese version, later further developed.

Tupolev Tu-2

The horizontal stabilisers of the Tu-2's H-tail have a slight dihedral. Other key features are radial engines in long nacelles, with the single wheel main landing gears retracting rearward in them. 

The Tu-204 is almost a copy of the Boeing 757; the similarity is striking. Until the development of blended winglets for the 757 the Tu-204 was the only with winglets. However, these are smaller than on the Boeing. Also the cockpit windows and vertical tail are slightly different.

Tupolev Tu-22

The original Tu-22 bomber has a unique engine installation: the two jet engines are placed on top of the rear fuselage, at either side of the vertical stabiliser. In Tupolev style, the main landing gear is mounted in pods at the trailing edge of the wings.

Tupolev Tu-22M

The upgrade version of the original Tu-22 is more conventional in shape with its D-shaped, F-4 Phantom II style air intakes feeding engines in the rear fuselage. Also, the Tu-22M has variable sweep wings. But you can still see elements of the Tu-22, like the nose.