Long time member of Flight Aware, first time poster.
I just got back from a trip to DC (“the other Washington”, as it’s referred to where I’m from). On the trip to and from Dulles to see the Udvar-Hazy center, I ran across this interesting sight (pardon the astoundingly craptastic iPhone shots taken from a moving Metro bus).
Tail number RA-85655. Research shows that it is operated by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (as indicated by the livery). I found some info stating that it’s their zero-G trainer, but that wouldn’t explain what it’s doing at Dulles. Anyone know any more about this aircraft? It’s been spotted at a bunch of locations, many of which seem to have little to do with Russian spaceflight.
I have recently become fascinated by Russian/Soviet aircraft, so it was cool to see something other than a museum-owned MiG-15 or MiG-21. Being a spaceflight enthusiast, this particular aircraft was an especially great find :mrgreen: .