Airborne Awesomosity

Imitation or Innovation: The Tupolev TU-144 Charger

The Tupolev TU-144 Charger

The Konkordski has been written about on this site before but lets go a little further into what it does and doesn’t share with its more famous Euro cousin.

 

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Startup, Supersonic Transport Week

Startup: Just When You Thought It Was Over

This is the only decent image I can find; if you find more, share them with us!

They tell us Supersonic Transport is dead. Well, perhaps not quite.

Tupolev, not completely discouraged by the dismal performance of its famous Tu-144 Supersonic Transport (also known as the “Concordski”), is apparently now working on a […]

Prototypes and Experiments, Supersonic Transport Week

A Soviet SST In King Langley’s Court

“People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?” That’s what Rodney King said, and the Russian space agency and NASA took it to heart. Continue reading A Soviet SST In King Langley’s Court

Supersonic Transport Week

Anything You Can Do, I Can Steal Better

Hmmmm...that looks familiar

The Soviets had a long history of producing aircraft and spacecraft that looked shockingly similar to their western counterpart. Often times, this lead to accusations of espionage. Sometimes, the espionage charge was a little harsh. For instance, the Buran looked similar to NASA’s Space Shuttle mostly due to the fact that aerodynamics doesn’t change. Soviet aerospace engineers may have looked at pictures of the space shuttle, but no known actual information leaked. Continue reading Anything You Can Do, I Can Steal Better

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