From the landside part of the terminal, some windows gave excellent views. The background still filled with soviet metal. This Tu154, with Tajikistan titels, pushed back from one of the gates. In 2007 I saw this Tu154 at Istanbul, with Tajik Air titels, see other upload at this site. Also a picture of the same airframe with the titels in Cyrilic.
Tu154 taking off from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, showing the way the main gear gets retracted into the wing. Very different from how western jets do this. Also the angle shows how difficult it was to gain height on this hot summer day.