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Why You Wouldn't Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde - The TU-144 Story

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While the Concorde is often hailed as a triumph of modern engineering, the first supersonic transport to ever fly was actually Soviet-built. The Tupolev TU-144 flew even faster than the Concorde and it carried more passengers. What happened to this aircraft and why have so few heard about it? Getting the TU-144 built before the Concorde (and therefore proving Soviet superiority to the world) was allegedly a high priority for the Soviets. The plane was developed under a tight schedule and relied on a few less advanced aviation technologies. The TU-144 suffered three known crashes, the most famous being at the 1973 Paris Air Show (there are conflicting theories on the cause of the 1973 crash). In regular passenger service, the TU-144 proved unreliable. Only one flight a week was permitted on a single route between Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is rumoured that Soviet leaders were nervous about the 144's airworthiness and ordered it's chief designer Alexei Tupolev to personally inspect every 144. Supersonic travel proved expensive and could only be offered as a 'premium' product in commercial airline travel. In west, the Concorde could be marketed as a luxury product to serve the wealthy and airfares could be sold at prices well beyond typical airfares. In the communist Soviet Union, where egalitarian principles demanded that displays of wealth or class be subdued, the TU-144 airfare had to be set similar to the typical Soviet airfare. This meant that the 144 had to be operated at a loss for Aeroflot, and Aeroflot couldn't wait to stop flying it. The TU-144 was removed from regular passenger service less than a year after it began (although cargo service was offered for a couple more years). In the 1990's, a modified version of Tu-144 was utilized by Tupolev, NASA, and other aerospace conglomerates as a research testbed for a second-generation supersonic jetliner. #Tu144 #Tupolev #Supersonic #Airplanes Want to help Mustard grow? Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MustardChannel
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Chandler White (1 day ago)
LOL, I love watching all the Russian fanboys/Putin trolls come rushing to the defense of Mother Russia!!! Too funny.
olivia transit (1 day ago)
nice more Russia bashing, you should be ashamed. the U S regime is failing badly. Yanky is bankrupt.
Andrey Simakov (2 days ago)
Balalaika is very nice soundtrack for all of Soviet crap. У кацаповатосовков знатно подгорает. Katsap-cotton-sovoks have appropriate butthurt.
Boris RC (2 days ago)
The only successful soviet technology was the AK-47 and the Katyusha rocket launcher. Literally nothing else.
RockStar Zeka (3 days ago)
Only one word "Sputnik" haha
• ChristianO5 (3 days ago)
Sidenote: If you ever want to See both, the soviet and the real Concorde Their both in Sinsheim, Germany in a Museum, U can also enter them!
Stary Niedźwiedź (3 days ago)
Concorde had such a "great" aerodynamics that NASA decided to use the Tu-144 to research the supersonic passenger plane of the future :P
Иосиф Виссарионович (3 days ago)
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cactuslietuva (4 days ago)
So meny wrong facts. Soviets didn't rip off concord.
Jacob Newman (4 days ago)
It is proof of the uk's engendering
Axt Andrej (6 days ago)
Den USA UND EUROPA sind so reich geworden weil sie andere Länder bestohlen haben geraubt haben und erprest ! Andere leiden um Hier In Europa schön zu leben! Nord Amerika in Blud Bad gestürzt Lybien Sürien Irak Awganistan in Blut Bad gestürzt das wollen die USA u. ENGLAND das selbe mir Ukraine u. RUSSLAND MACHEN WAS NICHT KLAPPTE JEDOCH UKRAINE HABE DIE RUENURT REVOLUTION AUSGELÖST NUN KAUFEN SIE DAS LAND FÜR 1 ZENT AUF WEIL SIE ES IN VERSCHULDUNG GEDRÄNGT HABEN
Axt Andrej (6 days ago)
Gelogen Europa hat die Pläne gestohlen und nach gebaut und nicht Sowjets
Саид Кадыров (6 days ago)
Запад некогда не признает наше превосходство... еще раз в этом убедился
Meowzer The Box (7 days ago)
it has droop snoot. best jet ever.
John Mayne (7 days ago)
I'm not flying on anything Russian made
Сергей Лебедев (7 days ago)
We will always be one step ahead of you and this video is another propaganda. Russia number 1 in space and in the sky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdSmwI-KEZM Americans and Britons can only scratch their tongue.
Galinskiy (7 days ago)
Боже мнение о России как всегда лубочно-карикатурное, что в ролике, что в комментах...
Leader success ! (7 days ago)
Russian technology is so backwards it's amazing.
Абидо Мункуев (7 days ago)
Сейчас то угон самолета - тормоз уже беда , а тут сверхзвуковой угонят так вообще УЖАС был бы
RoadKillzine (7 days ago)
Because Russians are dogs, super rich and super poor
AVALANCHE GAMER (7 days ago)
Daffy Duck if he was a plane
Alen VELIC (8 days ago)
Boris was in soviet concorde
ĶTV (8 days ago)
As always, russia only knows how to steel, copy ideas and create dangerous, low quality things.. And when they say they are "better than the west" bla bla bla, the biggest question is - how many russians escape their paradise and live in the "bad" west, and how many westerners move to russia to live like a century ago. Ridiculous.
Dns Rollin (8 days ago)
I could only afford TU-144 ticket.
Shark (8 days ago)
They keep the nazis away with it.
silenykralik (9 days ago)
3:50 - crash was due to overloading plane behind structure limits. It was by direct order from supervising soviet delegation. So no plane issue.
donjurga (9 days ago)
If the Concorde was such a good aircraft, why isn't there a Concorde 2 ?
Kiran Dhanuka (9 days ago)
Penka Genova (9 days ago)
Russian Destroyer (10 days ago)
American: that’s what Natasha said. (Natasha is a girl from the song moskau) Stalin: *dissasembles Tu-4 and builds something random* Stalin: hmmm, this look good. *stalin tries it out* *flying over speed of sound and then, it happened* Stalin: what is that? *heinkel 162 kamikazes into the Tu-144* *plane goes so fast it beats the shit out of the speed of light* speed of sound: CYKA... SPEED OF LIGHT:BLYYAAAAATTT That’s how stalin actually died. History class over!
LCdrDerrick (10 days ago)
You can see and even enter both of them in the 'Technikmuseum' in Sinsheim, Germany!
RMontanez3 (10 days ago)
Russians only know how to steal technology, Russia should be disbanded and broken into several countries...
Tim A (10 days ago)
Russia is able to sink an American continent in 16 hours easily
Ken45 (11 days ago)
And this is the difference between western technology and soviet... Most of the internet "Everything Russia makes is better" crowd will argue that the TU-144 is better and they will show you the paper specs on it being faster and carrying more passengers while not considering anything else about it... Same thing they do with everything else. Like every video about the GAU-8 Avenger, they will bring up the Russian counterpart, the GSh-6-30. They will boast about how it has a higher cyclic rate and how it's more compact. Ignoring that it suffers from more heat-related issues, reliability issues, how it tended to literally shake the plane apart after a while of use, etc...
Bob Loblaw (11 days ago)
I saw cockpit video of this piece of shit taking off once in a documentary. Goddamn thing was shaking itself to pieces, it's amazing that it even got airborne. It also horribly shakes in any kind of turn, seriously what the fuck?
Diamond First (11 days ago)
You have no idea what are you talking about... UK and France copied all technology from USSR you don't know the whole story, to tell you the true story it'll take me a wile.... Concord IS a t-144 ( of course they change a bit some shape but the USSR came with that new wing shape idea FIRST ) but its ik, you can talk what ever you want
Sirius Black (11 days ago)
GuffinMcGuffin (11 days ago)
Communism is such a shit. Fuck communism.
America (12 days ago)
cus its made of communism duh
Frost Roxie (13 days ago)
Commies always stealing info..... like China today!!!
kenny sender (13 days ago)
A lot of parts for this plane was borrowed from the LADA...;)
Ben Job (13 days ago)
When it comes from USA and British it's pure bullshit
Cameron McFadden (14 days ago)
ohmyglobohmyglob (14 days ago)
"You gotta hand it to them for actually getting it done." Literally steals Concorde plans lol
DOG DOGS (14 days ago)
Long live the Soviet Union
DOG DOGS (14 days ago)
I hate this video is says Kazakhstan wrong I am Kazakh and I am offended
Amr Koptan (14 days ago)
You are an artist
Alexander Mayakunov (15 days ago)
Looks like a russian tv propaganda lol
Charles Ferdinand (15 days ago)
The communists and socialists are always behind the West and Capitalist countries and must relay on stealing their technology, that's the only way they can possibly get things done, and even then, they still manage to fuck it up.
Stone W (15 days ago)
Interesting that neither "Super power" could successfully tackle supersonic passenger service. It took the British and the French to get it going.
Jim Jones (15 days ago)
Junk made in the Soviet Union? Nah never. 😬😬😬
Никитос (15 days ago)
This video is a lie! The USSR is a very big country. Tu-144 was not created for propaganda! Not for rich millionaires!!! But for a quick flight of ordinary Soviet citizens in the greatest country!!! The USSR does not need advertising!
Никитос (15 days ago)
3:13 - it's a lie!!! The range of the Tu-144 covered almost the whole of Europe. But to the West Tu-144 did not fly. Because it is designed to fly to the South and East of the USSR. The USSR is a very big country. This plane wasn't built for propaganda!!! But for a quick flight through the greatest country!
ProAlphaGames (15 days ago)
Concorde vs 144
Light Head (16 days ago)
My granmother flew on this from Smolensk to Chita . And its good plane from her words
alexdrummerspain (16 days ago)
Soooo, you are trying to tell that it wasn't good that "common people" was able to fly in a "premium plane"? Cause I think that's a huge pro vs a plane like the Concord that was only available for rich people
dejan9122 (16 days ago)
Piece of propaganda, tu144 was earlier design than concord, It was built year earlier, flown first flight year earlier, entered service year earlier. Cant stand these pieces of propaganda. Stop bullshitting on russian stuff, it was and is way more advance than western stuff
Daniel Giummule (16 days ago)
Best videos, worst channel name lmao
George Kokkinakis (16 days ago)
Cyca blyat
Yashsvi Dixit (16 days ago)
In Mother Russia, you reduce the speed of sound to go supersonic.
MegaProjectpat (17 days ago)
This reminds me of the time I was at a fair in Vermont. The air national guard had an F18 on display, with a ramp you could walk up and see inside the cockpit. I noticed the panels had rivets that stuck out, and I asked the airmen, "doesn't that create drag, and slow you down". He was a bit of a cunt, and responded "with 18,000lbs of thrust it doesn't matter" and walked away....cunt...
Red Hat (17 days ago)
as expected lies from propaganda and hatred towards RUSSIA?USSR
John Tagle (17 days ago)
Markiplier: 😂😂😂 Droop Snoot
Regis Klimaszewicz (18 days ago)
Les soviets et leur technologie primitive ont quand même réussi à mettre le premier satellite artificiel en orbite, le premier être vivant, le premier home, la première femme... Un brin condescendant, je trouve. Surtout que l'espionnage était pratiqué dans les deux sens... On reparle du Koursk ?
Down_ grade (18 days ago)
Well but Concorde exploded aswell
Vitaly Golubchik (18 days ago)
Pure fucking speculation and nothing else...
Lukman Sulistyo (18 days ago)
Supersonic vs Supermarsha
marc atkinson (18 days ago)
Made out of concrete.
mrhoffame (18 days ago)
When I think about most of the "Races" with the Soviets I always view the Soviets as going VERY, VERY big, but always kind of sloppy and dangerous.   Safety was always the least of their concerns.
pingpongpung (18 days ago)
Why are the title and description in Dutch?
5tickm4n D (18 days ago)
i wiykdn't wanna fly in it cause it's russian and everything russian is cancer
Klaas J (18 days ago)
and you want in the French one, haha never liked it. Too fast and too loud.
Pascal adiba (18 days ago)
Yeah an American mocking the Russians, well what's new .
Customer Services (18 days ago)
It's like flying a 500 Ryanairs
Patrick McGuire (19 days ago)
Your videos have amazing production value, I am always amazed.
Fida Mohammad Khan (19 days ago)
West stolen technology innovation from Soviet for sure whether it's TU-144 or Yak141 and so on..its other factor that Western capitalism couldnt afford to loose their capital to communism. and they worked their best to defeat communism.
Rick Arviso (19 days ago)
Both The Concorde and the TU-144 were modeled after the North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Владимир Николаев (19 days ago)
About the higher noise level in the cabin of the Tu-144 compared to the Concord (02:17 - 02:42 in this video) - is a typical western propaganda. In fact, their level of noise in cabins was comparable. Proofs: Tu-144: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAtAS1oNovQ&feature=youtu.be (18:40) Concord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVT3koUZ8YM (04:50) Both aircrafts were unprofitable, that was the reason for their decommissioning.
Jerrys Channel (19 days ago)
I'm british and I say that with pride!
Long Range Rifle (19 days ago)
Built in Russia so of course it's built like shit.
77Molot (19 days ago)
выключил после: "советские шпионы украли более 90 тыс. технической документации"
69corrado (19 days ago)
A Wonderful Airplane the Tu-144,,and realy not truth they Stolen many things from Concorde, its is a Plane of its Self, and the mostly Difference is the Wings, they are Superb !!! To Say the Tu - 144 is a No Good Airplane is Wrong, and the Accident at the Flyshow in Paris was about Flight Maneuvers that was done without correct Settings at the Electric Unit on the Backseat of the Pilot witch controlls the Steerings at Flight, this Unit was not Set and Engaged !!! Also Pls Stop to tell Nonsens to the Peopel !!!!!! A Superb Airplane TU-144 !!!
Connar Comstock (20 days ago)
Satan (20 days ago)
I live in the United States, and i wish for a world ruled by the USA, but i am very impressed by Russia and the history of Russia.
David David (20 days ago)
Why would anyone downvote this quality content? Maybe a Russian....
Turbotroll (21 days ago)
And how many Boeing 2707s roared across the skies? It's ironic that Americans think Russians have primitive technology. Didn't the Mig-29 and Su-27 enter service ages ago with helmet-mounted sights and agile infrared missiles? Or is that only technology available to Westerners with their big brains? Wasn't the Mig-31 the first fighter/interceptor to enter service with a passive electronically-scanned radar? Didn't the same aircraft have a datalink so four (or more) jets could spread out across a 800 km front? Seems to me the F-35 is celebrated for finally being somewhat able to do what the crazy Russians mastered 30 years ago.
initialB 240 (21 days ago)
in soviet russia...
Jason Davidson (21 days ago)
Whats that song at the end?
Retro Sonic Gameplay Videos (21 days ago)
you've done 2 videos on concorde's competitors... why not do a video on concorde itself? also, why is there so much footage of cccp-68001?
Я дитя Божье (21 days ago)
Shitdstard, good vid btw.
Carlos Fuentes (21 days ago)
¡Lástima que no haya estado subtitulado al castellano!
mrwideboy (21 days ago)
The Russian tried to steal the plans for Concorde, the British new the spy woukd eventually get them so them staged a known Russian spy and allowed him to gain relatively ease to the plans. The plans, however, were changed so it wouldn't fly
Christopher Taylor (22 days ago)
Is there a Tu-144 designed to be a strategic bomber during the cold war?
ParadiseParksInc (23 days ago)
Why does it seem like the Russian/soviet government is always going out of their way to prove themselves? And it always seems to end up breaking the bank in the process...
BOSS FROG (24 days ago)
Well the Soviets have the edge on avionics now, we have nothing that can do a forward roll in the sky. We have better missiles and air superiority but they have the actual avionics dialed.
Rusty Scupper (23 days ago)
Wrong. Fucking Ruskies are always drunk. Useless .
mike j. (24 days ago)
Ruski concord rip off.
mike j. (24 days ago)
Tu144 ,Britt and France .. And a boomba..the espionage of the concord shows the world that copy cat bull shit of the Tu144 just killed people. Done. Today the same country's will attempt perhaps again. Bottom line is who in which countries will allow the nuisance of the noise for the plane to overtravel populations ...
yellofury (24 days ago)
Xxx_Yukiteru_xxX Edmund (24 days ago)
When i want to choose Concorde or Tu-144 so i wanna hear a sonic Bang or BIG BLYAT i choose tu-144
scarabmango (24 days ago)
There was a cargo version? How much could you really haul on that skinny cigarette with wings? Seems counter-intuitive to even try that.