The Tupolev Tu-144 is a legendary Russian aircraft that was the world’s first supersonic transport plane.
Developed in the mid-1960s, the Tu-144 was a revolutionary aircraft that pushed the boundaries of aviation technology and innovation. The Tupolev Tu-144 was designed to be a high-speed commercial transport capable of carrying passengers at speeds of up to Mach 2.2 (2,500 km/h). Reaching just over 70,000 feet and taking to the sky approximately two months before the British/French Concord.
It was the first aircraft to be able to fly at supersonic speeds, making it a revolutionary development in aviation history. The Tu-144 was powered by four Kuznetsov NK-144A turbofan engines, producing 72.5kN of thrust. The aircraft featured a high-tech avionics suite, which included a digital fly-by-wire system and an autopilot.
The Tupolev Tu-144 was first flown in December 1968 and entered service with Aeroflot in 1975. The Tu-144 proved to be a reliable and efficient aircraft, capable of flying at twice the speed of sound.
Despite its success, the Tupolev Tu-144 was eventually retired from service in 1983 after a series of fatal accidents. The Tu-144 is remembered as a pioneering aircraft that pushed the boundaries of aviation technology and innovation.
Today, the Tupolev Tu-144 still stands as a symbol of Russian engineering and innovation. It is a reminder of the incredible advancements in the field of aviation over the years.