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TUPOLEV TU-144

Red Star Volume 24


by Yefim Gordon and Vladimir Rigmant
ISBN 978-1-857802-16-0
Book 28cm x 21.5cm Softback 128 Pages 151 B&W Photographs
Publisher: Midland Publishing
Series: Red Star
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The rapid development of commercial aviation in the 1950s and 1960s, coupled with the advancing aircraft technology, led Great Britain and France to pool resources to create the famous supersonic Concorde airliner. As soon as the Soviet government got wind of this programme it tasked the national aircraft industry with an even more ambitious project: the Soviet Union was to create an SST entirely on its own - and ahead of the West; this was a matter of national prestige. Predictably, Andrey N. Tupolev, received the assignment to create the airliner that would place the Soviet Union in the lead. At the cost of a tremendous research and development effort, the target was met - designated Tu-144 (and dubbed, rather mockingly, Concordski by the West/, the Soviet SST took to the air in December 1968 ahead of its Anglo-French counterpart. The book gives a detailed account of the Tu-144's design and explains the reasons of its premature withdrawal; it also describes the type's recent use in a new-generation SST technology research programme held jointly with NASA. It is illustrated with numerous previously unreleased photos and line drawings.

 

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BERIEV`S JET FLYING BOATS
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