eal401
Posts: 451
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2001 9:06 pm

Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Tue Sep 18, 2001 11:42 pm

Check this photo out;

http://www.aviation.ru/jno/MACS99/images/Tu-334.jpg

What interested me was not the Tu-334, but rather what appears to be behind it. A Tu-144!?! Can anyone shed any light on this, where it was taken and why a Tu-144 appears to be being displayed.
 
User avatar
LN-MOW
Posts: 1684
Joined: Tue Feb 01, 2000 12:24 am

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Tue Sep 18, 2001 11:50 pm

As far as I know, at least 1 Tu-144 is still airworthy. It was been used as a testbed by NASA and Boeing (?) a couple of years back.
One Tu-144 was also sold to a Texas businessman - I don't know if that's the same aircraft. Now THAT'S the ultimate business jet ...


- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
 
eal401
Posts: 451
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2001 9:06 pm

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 12:01 am

Have just found out some more about it, it's a Tu-144LL used as a testbed by NASA and Boeing as part of research into a new Boeing aircraft. All done 1996-97 time. For more info;

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/TU-144LL/HTML/

Amazing that the Tu-144 has been flying again!
 
woodsboy
Posts: 899
Joined: Sat Mar 18, 2000 5:59 am

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 1:07 am

Yup, thats the testbed aircraft alright. As far as I have heard, it went back "home" to rest with the remaining TU-144s after its testing back in 1996.

You can see the Russian flag as well as the American flag on the tail of this TU-144 so this must undoubtedly be the test aircraft. As far as a Texas businessman buying one, I would be interested in hearing more about that. Back when they were refitting the testbed aircraft, I read that there was maybe one other TU-144 that was possibly a candidate for airworthyness but that even it was in pretty bad shape. There were some photos accompanying the article (In Air International) that showed all the remaining TU-144s lined up with peices falling off of them, peeling paint, missing panels, rust etc.
 
airbus380
Posts: 1575
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:50 am

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 1:20 am

It has an American flag with the Russian flag. When the original TU-144 was built, it had the Communist flag. There is still a TU-144 at Tupelov's manufacturing factory. The windows on this look more like those of a Concord. This is very interesting and good catch.
 
User avatar
clickhappy
Posts: 9042
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2001 12:10 pm

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 4:59 am

Actually, the plane is for sale.

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1635697403
 
ahlfors
Posts: 1281
Joined: Mon Oct 23, 2000 1:44 am

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 5:15 am

That has got to be one of the highest bids ever received at eBay. I believe they charge 1% of the final sale price so thats a sweet $25,000 just made off of that!
 
Alessandro
Posts: 4962
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2001 3:13 am

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 5:52 am

I wonder how many hours the Tu-144 with most airtime
has? Otherwise its a relic of the past, like the Spruce Goose...
From New Yorqatar to Califarbia...
 
B744F
Posts: 2927
Joined: Sat Jan 21, 2006 4:52 pm

RE: Russian Aircraft - Look At This.

Wed Sep 19, 2001 7:40 am

this photo taken at MACS (direct transliteration from russian, it means International Moscow Air Show) airshow at Moscow (and URL also telling that). so, it is not surprise at all that you can see tu144 there (it is not in airworthiness condition, just taxed from parking at Zhukovski airfield, where the show took a place).

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 777222LR, aadc10137, ATA L1011, d8s, Google [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], jcge767, kimshep, MHG, msycajun, PanzerPowner, Planesmart, tomasem, xiaotung, Yahoo [Bot] and 219 guests