Why You Wouldn't Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde - The TU-144 Story
Tu-144 Take off
The Tupolev Tu-144 is a retired jet airliner and commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST). It is the first of only two SSTs to enter commercial service, the other being the Anglo-French Concorde. The design was a product of the Tupolev design bureau, headed by Alexei Tupolev, of the Soviet Union and manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association in Voronezh, Russia. It conducted 55 passenger service flights, at an average service altitude of 16,000 metres (52,000 ft) and cruised at a speed of around 2,000 kilometres per hour (1,200 mph).