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Tupolev Tua144 : The Soviet Supersonic Airliner, Hardback Book


Developed in the 1960s/1970s, the Tu-144 was the Soviet Union's only practical venture into supersonic commercial aviation.

Though its career was all too brief, it was a major technological achievement for the Soviet aircraft industry.

The book provides in-depth coverage of the "Concordski," including projected versions, the Tu-144's production and service history, and a comparison with the Concorde.

First flown on the last day of 1968aahead of the Concordeathe Tu-144 had to undergo a long gestation period before the production version entered service in November 1977.

Unfortunately, its career proved to be brief; two accidents and a powerful anti-Tu-144 lobby caused the type to be withdrawn in May 1978.

The book describes the Tu-144's versions (including the Tu-144LL research aircraft developed under a Russian-U.S. program) and touches on the projected military derivatives.

It is illustrated with color side views and previously unpublished photographs.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 548 colour & b/w illus
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Aircraft: general interest
  • ISBN: 9780764348945



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