This is the first prototype aircraft of the 32 examples built. The frame completed 326 test flights with its last flight taking place on 16th March 1972 when it was ferried to Monino for display at the Central Museum of the Air Forces.
Sadly being broken up with the mighty Kuznetsov turboprops lying on the ground. This amazing machine was first registered in 5.61 and was operated jointly with JAL into Western Europe during 1967 in a 105-seat configuration, reverting to 220 in 1969. Wfu 1976 and preserved at the VARZ400 rework facility being used as a classroom for a time prior to this unfortunate demise
Unique passenger aircraft among the 32 in the Ulyanovsk museum. The Tu-116, like the Tu-114, was based on the Tu-95 bomber, its mission being to transport the head of state along with his security staff and entourage. Development of the Tu-116 parallel to the Tu-116 airliner was justified by Khrushchev's visit to the United States, at which time the Tu-114 might not have been ready. Two Tu-116s were completed, neither actually being used to carry the president but instead to ferry Tu-95 maintenance crews