Aviation Photo #1474312 Tupolev Tu-144 - Aeroflot

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Not a great photo, but especially interesting. The day before it's crash, the TU-144 performs the identical maneuver that it failed to survive on its next attempt. Otherwise making for a poor shot, the picture has a horizontal and vertical reference clearly showing the extremely severe attitude of the aircraft. It flew from left to right at slow speed, then pitched up steeply and banked left. The next day, at the apogee of this maneuver, it suffered reverse airflow, stalled and broke up.
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Photo Added: February 06, 2009

Comments (15)

Anonymous
8 years ago
Great historic photograph. By seeing those manoeuver it becomes clearer why it went completely wrong the next day. Looks really dangerous, thank you for sharing
Anonymous
8 years ago
Aris!
It is an impressive look because the Tu looks like a military fighter doing this climb!!
five here!
Leandro R Furlan
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing pic!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Good pic!
Rest In Peace.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I was a kid in Russia when it happened. Still remember the parent's shock after the news...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Impressive, a great historical picture.
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is an amazing photo. Very interessting and with a well written remark. In such case quality doesn't matter at all!.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Never mind the quality, thank you for sharing.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great picture, thanks for sharing it after all these years.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Thank you very much for photo and information. Really sad story with this plane, especially for my country...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Almost as if we were there. Quality not even an issue; it's more about treasuring the moment in time.

from Pakistan
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is some history. Thank you.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The pic may be old but still shows the impressive type of maneuvers russian pilots always do on airshows. Too bad this one ended sour, however the TU 144 is still the best SST ever built (speed; take off cruise and approach, range and passengers onboard). I like the Concord but love the TU 144.
Anonymous
7 years ago
You should google the real reason of the crash~
Anonymous
7 years ago
The aircraft broke up during that fateful maneuver because the pilots over-stressed the airframe. There's quite a bit of info on this event (google) as well as video/s on youtube/metacafe.

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