Air International 1999-11
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A Tu-134B-3 of Baltic International, one of two operated by the Riga-based airline during the early 1990s before its demise.
Initially designated Tu-124A, the Tu-134 had a number of significant differences - in particular, rear-mounted engines and a T-tail. Among the advantages of this configuration were an aerodynamically clean wing and lower cabin noise levels.
First prototype Tu-144, 68001, touching down and the brake ’chute just deploying.
Серийный Ту-144 является самым большим и самым тяжелым сверхзвуковым транспортным самолетом в истории авиации. В 1996-1997 годах серийный Ту-144Д, доработанный в Ту-144ЛЛ, использовался для выполнения экспериментальных высокоскоростных полетов по программе НАСА.
Built in 1981 as a Tu-144D, RA-77114, has been upgraded and redesignated Tu-144LL. The sole remaining airworthy Tu-144, it is currently undertaking research into high-speed commercial flight, on behalf of NASA, Tupolev and a number of US and British companies.
This view of the second production aircraft, 77102, clearly illustrates the wing planform. This particular aircraft suffered an in-flight break-up during a display at the 1973 Paris salon.
Among the new features of the Tu-144 series (illustrated), as compared to the prototypes, were its lengthened fuselage, new wing with greater span and different camber distribution, more powerful engines with new intakes and nozzles, and redesigned undercarriage.