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Tupolev Tu-144

The Tupolev Tu-144 is a four-engine supersonic airliner with a capacity of maximum 95 passengers developed by the Soviet Design Bureau OKB Tupolev.

The Tu-144 was the world's first supersonic airliner. The first flight was two month before the Concorde. Only 55 passenger flight were flown, for safety and commercial reasons.


Specifications for the Tupolev Tu-144
Crew 3  
Passengers 135  
Propulsion 4 Turbofan Engines  
Engine Model Kuznetsov NK-144  
Engine Power (each) 127,5 kN 28663 lbf
Speed 2400 km/h 1296 kts
      1491 mph
Service Ceiling 18.000 m 59.055 ft
Range 6.501 km 3.510 NM
    4.039 mi.
Empty Weight 85.000 kg 187.393 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight 180.000 kg 396.832 lbs
Wing Span 28,80 m 94 ft 6 in
Wing Area 438,0 m² 4715 ft²
Length 65,70 m 215 ft 7 in
Height 10,50 m 34 ft 5 in
First Flight 31.12.1968  
Production Status out of production  
Total Production 17  
ICAO Code T144  
NATO Code Charger  
Data for (Version) Tupolev / Tupolew Tu-144  

Aircraft lost, damaged and hijacked:
Date Aircraft type Reg. Airline Location Fatal Cat.
23-May-78 Tupolev 144D CCCP-77111 Tupolev Yegoryevsk 2 crashed
03-Jun-73 Tupolev 144S CCCP-77102 Tupolev Goussainville 6+ 8 crashed