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Soviet TU-144 Concordski Supersonic Aircraft

Published 1 January 2018


National Archives - Takeoff SST (Supersonic Transport Aircraft) - National Security Council. Central Intelligence Agency. (09/18/1947 - 12/04/1981). This film shows the Soviet aircraft TU-144 taking off and landing. The Internet Archive article is here. We also look at how the TU-144 aircraft flew in the inital trials.

TU-144 Concordski on runway

Image: The TU-144 Concordski supersonic aircraft. Image supplied by NASA and served by the Internet Archive.

To tell the truth, I was worried - but we were to make the first TU-144 supersonic aircraft flight on an Aeroflot route which was, as one might think, connected with certain difficulties. However, only a little more than an hour passed and the ship's commander Eduard Vaganovich Yelyan reported by telephone; The Trip went according to plan.

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Reference Articles

North American XB-70 Valkyrie  Wikipedia Article

Tupolev Tu-144
Wikipedia Entry
(external page)

Report on TU-144 first flight

Report on Tu-144
first Aeroflot flight
(external page)

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