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Sat Jan 08, 2000 2:11 am

The Tu-144 was the only competion to the Concorde. Was this type of aircraft ever entered into service for Aeroflot and if so for how long? Has anyone ever seen or flown on one of these aircraft? What was it like?

RE: TU-144

Sat Jan 08, 2000 2:18 am

The TU-144 entered commercial service with Aeroflot from Moscow to Alma Ata in early 1977.

It was removed from service only seven months later due to unforeseen 'buffeting' in certain conditions.

It also had problems with extremely high fuel consumption because afterburners (reheat) were needed at all times during Supersonic cruise which made it very uneconomical.

Another reason why it was 'retired' is that the aircraft was inordinately noisy from inside and outside - louder than even the Concorde - and that is saying something!

However, in 1995 or so, the TU-144 was ressurected out of an aciatoin museum outside Moscow and, with the help of NASA and Boeing, was put to work by Tupolev as a flying test-bed for a new generation of Supersonic Passenger Jets. However, even this project was dumped in 1998 after the US parties involved, with the exception of NASA, got cold feet.

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RE: TU-144

Sat Jan 08, 2000 3:42 am

yes i flew on this plane once but I was to little to remember the flight. I also flew on the TU-154, IL-86.
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RE: TU-144

Sun Jan 09, 2000 6:03 am

In addition to buffetting at high speeds, the TU144 suffered from problems with its fuel transfer system. An in-flight fire led to an emergency landing in '77. TU144s were taken out of service not long after that.

The only thing I know of about the interior of the TU144 is that it had a 2-3 seating layout, with a wider cabin than the Concorde. There are 7 in mothball storage at Munino and other locations near Moscow. One was taken out of storage, re-engined and flown by NASA as the TU144LL (Letayushaya Laboratoriya, or Flying Laboratory). It served as a test bed for future supersonic transports. The flights ended sometime last year.
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RE: TU-144

Sun Jan 09, 2000 8:59 am


I'm sorry, but I have to ask this: Your profile says you're 5-15. The last commerical flight taken by a TU-144 took place on June 1st, 1978.

You weren't even born yet when they went out of service! Are you sure it was a TU-144?