Tupolev Tu-144

Quiz: Who did it first: Concorde or Tupolev Tu-144?

Two SSTs raced to the scene in the 1970s, Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144. A lot of "firsts" were claimed throughout the decade, but do you know which SST did claim certain "firsts"? Take the quiz and find out!...


Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial plane reaching Mach 2

Tu-144 was the first supersonic passenger aircraft developed by Tupolev Design Bureau in the 60s in the Soviet Union. Often compared to its Western counterpart, Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde, the Tupolev Tu- 144 was the largest and heaviest transport aircraft in aviation history that reached Mach 2 speed on May 26, 1970....


Catching the first commercial Tupolev Tu-144 flight

The pride and joy of Soviet commercial aviation, the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airliner, took off on its commercial flight on this day, 44 years ago, on December 26, 1975, beating Concorde by a few weeks time:...