Design and development
The Tu-155 first flew on 15 April 1988. It used hydrogen fuel and later liquified natural gas (LNG). It flew until the fall of the Soviet Union and it is currently stored at Ramenskoye Airport near Zhukovskiy. The Tu-156 was intended to fly around 1997, but was cancelled also due to the fall of the Soviet Union. The aircraft used cryogenics to store fuel. The fuel tank was located in the air-blown (or nitrogen) rear compartment. A distinctive feature of the aircraft is that the protrusion of the ventilation system is visible on the tail (near the no.2 engine). The Tu-155 used
Kuznetsov NK-88 engines. The Tu-156 was intended to use
Kuznetsov NK-89 engines. The Tu-155 flew around 100 flights until it was placed in storage.
The alternative fuel Kuznetsov Engine