Hello! I am making this request because I am dying to fly the Tupolev Tu-144 in one of the best simulators in the world. Also, the Tupolev Tu-144 is one of my favorite aircraft in my top 10 list [#3].
So anyways, let’s get this straight to it.
The Tupolev Tu-144 (Russian: Tyполев Ту-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 other being 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 from Zhukovsky Airport, 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.
The aircraft was introduced into passenger service on 1 November 1977, almost two years after Concorde, because of budget restrictions.
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 Buran spacecraft, and by NASA for supersonic research.
- Crew: three
- Capacity: 140 passengers (11 first class & 129 tourist class)
- Length: 65.70 m (215.54 ft)
- Wingspan: 28.80 m (with wingtips) (94.48 ft)
- Height: 12.55 m (41.00 ft)
- Wing area: 506.35 m² (5,450 ft²)
- Empty weight: 99,200 kg (218,500 lb)
- Loaded weight: 125,000 kg (275,330 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 207,000 kg (455,950 lb)
- Powerplant: 4 × Kolesov RD-36-51 or Kuznetsov NK-144 turbojet, 240 kN (235 to 256 kN) (44,122 lbf)[N 6] each
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.15 (2300 km/h (1429 mph))
- Cruise speed: Mach 2.00 (2,125 km/h (1,320 mph))
- Range: 6,500 km (4000 mi)
- Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
- Rate of climb: 50 m/s (9,840 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 410.96 kgf/m² (84.20 lb/ft²)
- Thrust/weight: 0.44
*Aeroflot CCCP (Pictured Above)
*NASA/Soviet Space Program Livery (The one with a blue and red stripe on the tail)