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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. Want to help Mustard grow? Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MustardChannel
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Tomaszenko (48 minutes ago)
What a pile of lies. Tu-144 was the first to fly, French and Russians were cooperating in some way... and you cannot build an aircraft f similar size, parameters that looks different. For example, If you compare A330 and B777 they looks similar, two engines, landing gears ang so on. I'm not russian so I am not defending 144 but dont lie to people.
I Putu Asta Ardyana Putra (1 hour ago)
What a blyatiful plane
Shekhar Bharadwaj (2 hours ago)
Mind you, sir, India's map has been tampered with in your video. Please be careful. and be advised, whole of Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India
Bonis Ducks (13 hours ago)
this guy deserves more subs
ММСРБ (17 hours ago)
This is Why I dont like stupid usa/gb washed-brain-idiots. Stupid propaganda.
Aleksei FILATOV (22 hours ago)
A bit dangerous? The Concorde killed ppl. Tu-144 never did it
Динко Киров (1 day ago)
actually the tu144 inaugural flight predates the concorde in about 3 months which is enough to say maybe they based themselves on the initials drafts for the concorde coming form the british and french
Hamiora Netana (1 day ago)
That peace of shit could not compet with the concorde the French and British had the financial back up and ofcorse wealthy passengers could afford to fly the 3 hour flight from London to New York concorde will forever go down in history as the worlds most advanced beautiful aircraft ass for the tu144 no comparison wots so ever
OK! But then again. (1 day ago)
LOL. Russia stole the plans from the French and UK. And still couldn't get it right!
gilessmokey (1 day ago)
you didn`t mention that concorde crashed also.
Niko Štajner (1 day ago)
on TU-144 SOME GUY: Do you have a shampaine? Waiter: We only have VODKA.
Ivan Pogorelov (2 days ago)
This video is stupid European propoganda. There are no positive points for comparation, and the provided information is incorrect or irrelevant. Noisy? According to people, who flew by ty 144 it was not noisier, than other airplane of that time. It didn’t cross the ocean? There was no ocean in the Soviet Union! The flight distance is about 6000km. It flew until 80? The country existed until 90s. It is a not a factor of comparation. Economically both projects failed. Technically 144 was more advanced, than Concord. And one of crushes happened during the testing, and the other one happened due to other airplane, which was too close to ty. I found no reason why I would not want to fly by 144.
Daniel Videla (2 days ago)
Lástima hubiera sido un buen avión de averlo construido bien
Frank Neulichedl (2 days ago)
You can visit both a Concord and a TU-144 in one Museum here in Germany ... both accessible and you can clearly see the difference in make and build.
RockinRedRover (3 days ago)
This clip and so many of the associated posts are utterly hilarious at so many levels.
HZRD Armory (3 days ago)
*”T H E S N O O T D R O O P E D”*
lordofthewin64 (3 days ago)
in before the tire bounces into the fuel tank too soon?
Tigerman1138 (3 days ago)
squawk7700 (3 days ago)
Butthurt Russian fanboys: REEEEEEE
LEGEND 25 (4 days ago)
Because you don't fly a Concorde but a Concorde flies you
bef jas (5 days ago)
OK but who is making better planes?
Merci Me (5 days ago)
weird that western countrys and even this idiot narrator thinks only they got the technology :)) .. could it be that western countrys copyed from ussr :) fkers
T38 Talon (5 days ago)
Americans ruined their shot. LOL. They started with a solid design based on the XB70 (mach 3 bomber) until one part, the swing wing. Then they went conventional and also realized there wasn't going to be enough market for it. As proven by the Concord. Thankfully they cancelled it.
Béla Bernáth (6 days ago)
Ilyen,hogy Szovjet concord,soha nem hallottam,létezik vagy kacsa.
Răzvan Botea (6 days ago)
why ? its simple: It reeks of the plague called communism
Sour Grapes (6 days ago)
Concorde copied the Soviet. The TU-144 was made and tested before Concorde.
Charles Mascari (6 days ago)
Probably has the reliably of a crack ho.
Charles Hosford (6 days ago)
I'm loving the Thumb Nail was of a typhoon fighter - click bait much, if you was goin for that a Black Bird or a F22 Raptor looks much cooler
Herrvonritter (7 days ago)
The Soviets NEVER built the Concorde!!! They built the TU-144! So you can't call it a Soviet Concorde.
Stefan Vasilescu (7 days ago)
Taunter Atwill (7 days ago)
Totally not saying anything about the FACT that the West knew that some of their plane drawings were copied so they had some fucked up drawings planted to be stolen and they wound up and were used in Russia with predictable results.
Adam Huber (7 days ago)
There's pedals in the passenger seating area so the people can help spin the turbo jets faster. It's like the Marunes having to help pedal on their stationary bike stands in a chinook helicopter
Adam Huber (7 days ago)
People make fun of Russia but they have done amazing things even under satanic idiotic control economy of socialism. What did Cuba achieve? Nicaragua, Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the other satellites of Soviet influence....what did they do? Nothing. China grew by the illuminati forcing the west to give them technology. They did NOT rise up on their own. Russia still builds advanced space flight and computer technology even though they are behind the US.
Malcolm Abram (7 days ago)
If the Concorde's wing were better than the TU-144 why didn't the Soviets change the wing design? As it was the Americans killed of Concorde by refusing it landing rights across the USA, ostensibly on its noise.
The animation Dump (7 days ago)
Gopnik Concorde
SomeKid (7 days ago)
Happy one year anniversary to this video
Han de Ridder (7 days ago)
There is no such thing as a 'Soviet Concorde'.
Theo Hops (8 days ago)
You prick the tu 144 was designed before the fckin Concorde
Sven Volwater (8 days ago)
Plop some bombs on it and you have mother russia
Marc González i Ricci (8 days ago)
Western propaganda.
aviation fleet (8 days ago)
Music 00:20
Lil' Legit (9 days ago)
Nuclear powered Concord.
Wellington S Firebrand (9 days ago)
Fucking commies couldn't cope with the challenge.
bete bet (9 days ago)
Russians did great. stop putting them down
Pekko (9 days ago)
pls give me the first music name!
Garrett Moody (9 days ago)
Russia will always be second class LOL sorry not sorry
Cheap Ass Gamer (10 days ago)
Ah yeah. Concorde wasn't dangerous at all.
Pars Kick (10 days ago)
The money US and Russia wasted on competing with each other is crazy. They could've find a cheap sustainable energy source by now and solve world's problems.. if only they worked together. But no, humans are still primitive animals, they act tribal. They just want everything for their own tribe and kill the other ones. Stupid stupid stupid. We should've passed that point by now.
Creative Top 10 Mystery (10 days ago)
this is good
EspHack (10 days ago)
imagine if there were no politicians, just every one of those smart engineers and designers working together, concord you say? pff we would be flying ramjets by now, spacex's BFR and BFS air(space?)liner reactions would be more like "about time yoo" the moon would look like the earth does at night with all the city lights filling it up, maybe we would be at war with mars for reasons, as usual
Steve Kuiper (10 days ago)
TU-144 faking the world? Isn't that what you said? That's America 21st. century faking the world with their bullshit leading technology. Rest of the world has caught up now. shooosh America1
Robert Mihai (10 days ago)
The canards on the TU-144 look blyatiful
Vin Soko (10 days ago)
Is this aimed at junior/primary school kids? There are so many errors in this..where does one even start? I guess the subjective language used gives it away.
Spanky Harland (10 days ago)
TU-144 flights offered practical luxuries such as everyone in second & third class drank water out of the same bucket....fresh air was offered at no cost, and pencils and scrap paper was available for passengers to communicate with each other- complimentary toilet tissue too, actually that was the scrap paper......
IdontneedanIpod (11 days ago)
"I thought you wanted to fly fast... not quiet!" - USSR
TransferAir (11 days ago)
The only thing what I can remember since my childhood about the "Russian Concorde" was the fact that they hold the world record in "crashing & killing people" Sad but true! When I worked on a Airport i had the chance to look close to this plane and ... i saw rusted bolts etc. it looked like they don’t know what maintenance means.
Dmitry Shustrov (11 days ago)
Конкорд вышел на пенсию? Зачем же так стыдливо замалчивать, что он упал со всеми пассажирами сразу после взлета из-за перебитой топливной магистрали? И только после этого был "отправлен на пенсию".
Fabio Connelly (11 days ago)
Wow never new this! Learned something new today Hahaha
black adder (12 days ago)
It's not a coincidence that it looked more like the American XB70 than the Concord. Both knocked off American design that was ten years earlier .... As usual. But the US realized it was too inefficient ; didn't live up to most expectations and cancelled it.
GaMeR 61 (12 days ago)
ты на ту 144 не гони в них обоих было шумно
Tad Ficus Catus (12 days ago)
In Russia passengers designed around plane.
Tad Ficus Catus (12 days ago)
Sippin on Yak tit.
night wolf (13 days ago)
GARBAGE REPORT BY AN AMERICAN POINT OF VIEW. Did not even waste my time watching. With only 2 minutes you can see the bias narration.
Phaire Couchpotato (13 days ago)
I am a human that lives on the planet Earth in the Sol solar system which is in the solar interstellar neighborhood which is located in the Orion spur in the Milky Way Galaxy located in the local galactic group which resides in the Virgo Supercluster which is part of the local superclusters which exists in the observable universe that is a part of the Entire universe which exists within existence.
Кристиан Тошев (13 days ago)
ruski go home you're drunk.
Jack Donegan (13 days ago)
The only reason why I wouldn’t fly in it because it’s made by the Soviets.
Ruslan Nickolaev (13 days ago)
I'm the man who flew the Tu-144. I was a little kid then. So I'll recite what my father told me. In the cabin was a good place to talk. Was a great service. Ticket cost in 2 times more expensive than on the usual jet. My father was a worker. He flew with me out of curiosity. To Almaty and back to Moscow. It was interesting to him. The salary worker is allowed in the Soviet Union. About the noise in the cabin of the Tu-144 is a lie. About the fact that the USSR copied the Concord is a lie. Enough to see pictures of the aircraft WALK AROUND. There are many online. Completely different planes.
Chriseurosong (13 days ago)
I want to watch the video, but.... AAAAARGH. There's goddamn MUSIC PLAYING OVER THE NARRATOR! Why on Earth do video creators go out of their way to create interesting, informative videos where they narrate the facts... only to ADD LOUD MUSIC to the soundtrack? Its harder to listen to someone talking when they have to COMPETE with BACKGROUND MUSIC. If I want to listen to music, I will search for music videos.
El Othemany (13 days ago)
So the crash of this plane at an airshow caused people to be afraid of the Concorde.. What lead to the end of it ( Concorde)
Pedsonc01 (14 days ago)
The Concord-ski prototype crashed at the Paris Air Show in 1972 or 1973.
paul hunter (14 days ago)
cant beat the british. donald trump only trusts rolls royce engines for his flying cockpit with his escort bitches and he is a turbo red neck especially when his red neck is on the line. im sure trump drives a jagwar too but i bet even he cant get one without an oil leak.
yfelwulf (14 days ago)
The last 2 of these were purchased and used for trials by a US company wanting to create it's own type never heard much after that.
Abbe Faria (14 days ago)
Capital bulshit... I don't use this word often, but here, I can't resist... The crash in Paris, 1973 was caused by french plane, that is a fact and whole thing was settled between both governments behind closed door... It was actually French government trying to steal... As far as technologies goes, Russians might have different, less sophisticated control system, but definitively better and more robust construction... Much cheaper than Concord... And there were technologies which are not available in US even today... Like chemical machining of titanium... That is why Boeing has still bunch of parts Made in Russia... Will be interesting to know, how many Russian parts were on SR-71...
Abbe Faria (1 day ago)
Since you special stupid, slide back to the hole you came from... thanks...
OK! But then again. (1 day ago)
Faria. Stop talking bollocks
william york (14 days ago)
The video is a good faith effort and I thank the poster. However, it is truly amazing at the total lack of actual real knowledge and facts that surface in the comments. To begin with, the West knew that Soviet spies where out to steal as much as they could from the Concord program. And, surprise they did! Unfortunately, knowing they would, false data was laced into the Concord to cause the Tupolev TU-144 to be manufactured in a manner that would make it flawed, and useless as anything but a money pit, and occasionally a death-trap. There is anecdotal evidence that a testbed TU-144 crashed during a test flight‎. Caveat Emptor! PEACE
Limerick's Finest (14 days ago)
I miss the Concorde. Pilots used to train in Shannon airport when I was a kid. It was an amazing sight seeing them flying over head at low altitude.
Model Railway Noob (14 days ago)
Carrying more passengers isn't better if the design wasn't to carry more.
jay Spike (14 days ago)
So russia copied americas designs but had a lot of mechanical failures? So basically it was not a copy or it was exactlly as bad as concorde?
Clint Frederici (14 days ago)
In Soviet Russia plane flys YOU
ForeverFlame88 (14 days ago)
If you think conspiracy theories are crazy, it's in the Bible. The kings of the earth take counsel together AGAINST the Lord and his anointed.
Cecedidic1401 (14 days ago)
Ah les salauds !
Manuel Bühler (14 days ago)
I was in one - in Germany in a Museum - not much space in there :D
Alexej Fuchs (14 days ago)
Ту 144 разбился в Ле-Бурже, после опасного маневра французского самолёта. .
Mircea Bujor (14 days ago)
Russians did it a lot better than the Americans, ... again. Boeing 2707=shame.
Daniel Nilsson (15 days ago)
Stupid propaganda video. The TU-144 had 3 crashes. Concorde has a lot more problems with their plane.
iransport (15 days ago)
Russia outdid the west and made the plane 8 years earlier. Stop being butthurt about it. lol pathetic
freethinker4liberty (15 days ago)
You gotta give it to the Russians, the whole world was against them, they largely oppressed their own people and stifled competition to the point that there was none, yet just by watching the best of the west, they managed to surpass it. Incredible, but clearly communism works only if you're willing to constantly cull most of the population, as human nature goes against it inherently.
zerin playstore (15 days ago)
propoganda from west. russia is still far ahead in tech . period.
D'hani Carter (15 days ago)
Joe Stephan (16 days ago)
There was a Concorde 2 in the works for a number of years with even more countries involved. The negative press, particularly the horrendous pictures of the Paris crash, ended it.
Sláva Smrti (16 days ago)
сука блять! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWlLF3cCzOg&frags=pl%2Cwn
ab cd (16 days ago)
you can fly that sweet little fucker straight up yer arse
ergodana хлебарки (16 days ago)
I still want to go on one
Gabriel Saideles (16 days ago)
Cheeki Breki Airlines
altitude illume (16 days ago)
Coleção Nintendo (16 days ago)
Gloriosa RUSSIA!
Mehmet OZDEMIR (17 days ago)
Nothing but eurocentric arrogance. Good old soviet ingenuity bla bla. Even f35's vtol technology is a patent of Good old soviet plane enginneers. Shut up.
Mehmet OZDEMIR (16 days ago)
+Zuul Gatekeeper This is not a classified info everyone except you knows. Though you are not worthy, bec you can stubbornly claim that I am misinformed without any knowledge of the issue, I will share here "Yak-141 used a lift fan to provide vertical thrust - first aircraft to do so, in 1987. F-35B lift fan design was based on it, that’s official: Lockheed paid Yakovlev $385M in 1992 to buy both prototypes plus one static aircraft, and blueprints and some consultations by Yakovlev designers. Result was X-35, Lockheed’s entry to Joint Strike Fighter competition, in 1996."
Zuul Gatekeeper (16 days ago)
You have been seriously misinformed the UK the original inventors of VTOL technology provided the F35b's hover ability as part of it's contribution to the Joint Strike Fighter project it had nothing to do with Russia or the US. The system is called the Rolls Royce Lift System look it up.
Mehmet OZDEMIR (16 days ago)
+Zuul Gatekeeper F35 has no relation with harrier. İts patent is originated from YAK 141. Americans bought the patent from russians. Thats all. If you have spare time from make up, you can compare harrier and yak141 and decide which one is real ancestor.
Zuul Gatekeeper (16 days ago)
LoL, the F35 gets it's hover tech from Rolls Royce who built the original VTOL the Harrier which the Soviets attempted to make a copy but canceled the program after they kept crashing. The Soviet version used 3 engines one for forward thrust & two for hover it's nothing like the F35's design which uses 1 like the Harrier.
Biker Boiy (17 days ago)
Video waste of time
MrCorvusC (17 days ago)
Lol, a little dangerous... Wasn't Concorde dangerous? With only 20 Concordes built failure and incident rates were so high it's quite a lunacy they've been in service for so long.
Zuul Gatekeeper (16 days ago)
Concorde had one of the world’s safest aviation records over 27 years it had only one major incident when part of it's tail fin broke off but the plane landed safely without incident. The crash in Paris was a freak accident after a large metal hatch fell off another plane onto the runway & Concorde just happened to be the next plane to take off & hit it sending it through the wing. It was exonerated of all blame over the crash in the inquest.
Tom Pauls (17 days ago)
ahhh - Concordski - Crashski!
Apricot Theory (17 days ago)
Communism always works ... Except for the times it doesn't .... which is always.