Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
NATO codenamed the Tu-144 as 'Charger'.
And yes, there was a bad gear-up landing on 23 May 1978 following the fracture of a fuel-pipe on a test flight. The crash-landing killed two engineers and this accident directly led to the withdrawal from passenger service.
Levg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 993 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
I know somebody who has been Aeroflot pilot back in the days. He says his friend was a pilot on a Tu-144. According to that guy, he was always sweating in flight because as fuel burned, fuel tanks were filling with nitrogen. The pilots couldn't wait to land.
That makes one wonder what the passengers would think if they knew this little detail...
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Wn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
There are indeed very few 767s with three position flight crews. I don't know how many were made (I know it was fewer than ten though), or where they are today. I think it had something to do with offering airlines the option of that for the sake of appeasing unions or something.
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
As the Soviets tried to rush with the Tu-144 construction a lot [the first flight was made on Dec 31st 1968 with the goal to have an earlier first flight year than Concorde (1969)]. That probably led to relatively immature design and therefore it didn't last as long as the Anglo-French counterpart.
As and interesting side note - as I've heard, the supersonic ticket from Moscow to Almatõ cost around 100 rubles. For a comparison: a ticket from Tallinn to Moscow (less than 1000 km) was around 25 rubles at the time.
Foxbravo03 From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
What's the story with the TU-144LL,that the Russians and Americans were using a few years ago for test flights?
I know that these tests are complete,but is the aircraft kept in an airworthy condition,or does anyone know if it has flown at all recently?
It was great to see it back in the air,when they resurrected it.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
The TU-144LL is stored outside at Zhukovsky airbase south of Moscow. You can see it at the MAKS air show with another TU-144 wearing Soviet titles, and pieces of others. It is not an exhibit and appears to be simply left to rot. I think they tried to find a buyer, but wanted to sell it without engines. Probably it could fly again..... also, about the pricing, I have a friend who once flew on Aeroflot in the 1980's to 4 of the central asian republics and back to Moscow for the equivalent of $6.
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 860 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2124 times:
Yes, air travel was indeed extremely cheap in the Soviet Union. Almost like Ryanair
Anyway, about the engines on the Tu-144LL. I read an article in Tehnikamaailm (a tech magazine in Estonia and Finland) a while back about these test flights. If memory serves me correct, around 20 test flights were commenced.
But the trick was, when they tried to find a suitable aircraft, they could easily find such airframe but gathering four working engines was a real challenge. I can't remember how they solved the problem, but I'll try to look up the magazine later and share.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1895 times:
Starlionblue - Air New Zealand did not have a F/E position on their 767s. Ansett however did on their 767-200s, as the Union demanded this be put in place. However, I believe that by the time the aircraft were delivered, or very soon after, the folly of this was realised, and the aircraft flew with 2 crew for most of their life...
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DAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 588 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1828 times:
I remember seeing pictures of the F/E panel on the Ansett 767's in a magazine a while ago. They basically took the overhead panel and installed it on what is the maintenance panel behind the F/O. I assume he would handle the part of the checklist dealing with the upper panel but otherwise he had little to do once it was configured and the aircraft was in flight.
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