The World's First SST
(P.S. Those pink trees in the second photo is a Mod glitch. Yes I am using 1.8 Beta.)
The Tupolev Tu-144 (Russian: Ty????? ??-144; NATO reporting name: Charger) is a retired jet airlinerand commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST). It is one of only two SSTs to enter commercial service; the first was the Anglo-French Concorde. The design was a product of the Tupolevdesign bureau, headed by Alexei Tupolev, of the Soviet Union and manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association in Voronezh, Russia. It conducted 55 passenger service flights, at an average service altitude of 16,000 metres (52,000 ft) and cruised at a speed of around 2,000 kilometres per hour (1,200 mph) (Mach 1.6). The prototype first flew on 31 December 1968 near Moscow, two months before the first flight of Concorde. The Tu-144 first went supersonic on 5 June 1969 (Concorde first went supersonic on 1 October 1969), and on 26 May 1970 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. A Tu-144 crashed in 1973 at the Paris Air Show, delaying its further development. The aircraft was introduced into passenger service on 1 November 1977, almost two years after Concorde, because of budget restrictions. In May 1978, another Tu-144 (an improved version, the Tu-144D) crashed on a test flight while being delivered, and the passenger fleet was permanently grounded after only 55 scheduled flights. The aircraft remained in use as a cargo aircraft until 1983, by which point a total of 102 commercial flights had been completed. The Tu-144 was later used by the Soviet space program to train pilots of the Buranspacecraft, and by NASA for supersonic research.
AG1+VTOL Down lowers the nose
AG2 Triggers the parachutes
AG3+VTOL Down Slings back the canards
AG6 Activates Lights
Hope you guys enjoy my best plane that I have built!
I just wanted to give a shout out to my pals who have helped me create this sexy machine. I love you all with my thanks!!
- Power/Weight Ratio 2.075
- Wing Loading 48.3lbs/ft2 (236.0kg/m2)
- Wing Area 1,680.1ft2 (156.1m2)
- Drag Points 20990
- Number of Parts 175
- Control Surfaces 7