Developed in the 1960s/1970s, the Tu-144 was the Soviet Union’s only practical venture into supersonic commercial aviation. Though its career was all too brief, it was a major technological achievement for the Soviet aircraft industry. The book provides in-depth coverage of the “Concordski,” including projected versions, the Tu-144’s production and service history, and a comparison with the Concorde. First flown on the last day of 1968—ahead of the Concorde—the Tu-144 had to undergo a long gestation period before the production version entered service in November 1977. Unfortunately, its career proved to be brief; two accidents and a powerful anti-Tu-144 lobby caused the type to be withdrawn in May 1978. The book describes the Tu-144’s versions (including the Tu-144LL research aircraft developed under a Russian-U.S. program) and touches on the projected military derivatives. It is illustrated with color side views and previously unpublished photographs.
|Publisher:||Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Yefim Gordon has been an aviation journalist and photographer for more than 40 years. Dmitriy Komissarov has been a translator and journalist since 1993. Vladimir Rigmant is an aviation engineer and has worked for the Tupolev aircraft design bureau since 1986.