For decades this somehow brutish-looking three-engined jetliner was the workhorse in the medium-range sector of both the USSR and the usual satellites and/or related nations. As usual, not economically efficient in a Western way, the Tu-154s have proven to be rough and “all-terrain” in the Soviet way. Fast too they are. Quite a number of them still remain in service today.
A masterpiece of Russian art this magnificent Аэрофлoт poster. The artist sure made it look sleeker here.