Date: 11 Apr 98 02:16:23 From: email@example.com (Malcolm Weir) Organization: Little to None References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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On 02 Apr 98 01:23:49 , Ken Stoorza <firstname.lastname@example.org> caused to appear as if it was written: >rafal d filipczyk wrote: >> I've just read an article (clari.world.europe.russia) on >> Tupolev's supersonic passenger jet Tu-144LL. It looks >> that the design produced very good preliminary results. > >Isn't this the same a/c that has been around since the late 60's/early >70's? Yes. It's the Concordski... > If so, I recall that the passenger routes were abandoned (late >70's?) because the thing had a real penchant for consuming *lots* of >fuel. Unlike it's western counterpart (Concorde), the TU-144 had a marketing problem: in a communist country, who's going to pay premium fares for faster travel? >I believe it was then used for mail flights until that was also >halted due to economics (read: fuel) in the late 80's. The mail flights thing was pure political grandstanding: the Soviet Union didn't want to admit that the thing was a bit of an operational failure. What piece of mail cares if it takes 9 hours instead 4 to fly from A to B? >I would guess it's the same a/c fitted with new engines. New-er engines. Still basically 1970's technology. Personally, I think its all a ruse to allow Boeing to put their name on a supersonic airliner! (Boeing's name really is on the side of the TU-144LL!). Malc.