Design

The Light of Kelad

Light of Kelad-lit up
What better way to celebrate The International Year of Light

 

Originally it was a flame can combustion chamber from a Russian Aircraft Soloviev D-30KU-154 Jet Engine but now it’s a sculpture by day and a magical light display at night.

 

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A little background….

The Soloviev D-30 is a Soviet two-shaft low-bypass turbofan engine, officially referred to as a “bypass turbojet.” Fitted to Tupolev Tu-154M airliners.

The Tupolev Tu-154 (NATO reporting name: Careless) is a three-engine medium-range narrow-body airliner designed in the mid-1960s and manufactured by Tupolev. A workhorse of Soviet and (subsequently) Russian airlines for several decades, it carried half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries (137.5 million/year or 243.8 billion passenger km in 1990), remaining the standard domestic-route airliner of Russia and former Soviet states until the mid-2000s. It was exported to 17 non-Russian airlines and used as head-of-state transport by the air forces of several countries.

With a cruising speed of 975 kilometres per hour (606 mph), the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in use and has a range of 5,280 kilometres (3,280 mi). Capable of operating from unpaved and gravel airfields with only basic facilities, it was widely used in the extreme Arctic conditions of Russia’s northern/eastern regions where other airliners were unable to operate. Originally designed for a 45,000 hr service life (18,000 cycles) but capable of 80,000 hrs with upgrades, it is expected to continue in service until 2016, although noise regulations have restricted flights to western Europe and other regions.

In January 2010, Russian flag carrier Aeroflot announced the retirement of its Tu-154 fleet after 40 years, with the last scheduled flight being Aeroflot Flight 736 from Ekaterinburg to Moscow on 31 December 2009. The last scheduled public passenger flight took place in May 2015 when Belavia as the last airline worldwide retired their remaining Tu-154s from scheduled services. Since then, the type is only used for military and charter operations. Last photo illustrates Tupolev aircraft in service.

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