• Short Summary

    The Soviet supersonic airliner, TU-144 has gone into commercial service with a smooth but noisy flight between Moscow and Alma Ata, the capital of Kazakhstan, a republic within the Soviet Union territory.

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    The Soviet supersonic airliner, TU-144 has gone into commercial service with a smooth but noisy flight between Moscow and Alma Ata, the capital of Kazakhstan, a republic within the Soviet Union territory.

    SYNOPSIS: The trouble-plagued TU-144 has been under development for nearly a decade. This inaugural passenger flight and originally been scheduled for more than six months ago, but a number of setbacks made the chances of keeping to the schedule diminish. However the inaugural passenger flight was to prove a success.

    About 80 passengers, mostly journalists and aviation officials took the inaugural flight. The aircraft's designer, Alexei Tupolev joined them for the trip.

    The supersonic airliner has made many test flights. Similar in appearance to the Anglo-French Concorde, the TU-144 was originally scheduled to make its commercial debut in 1974, two years ahead of Concorde. But the crash at the Paris Air Show in 1973 of a TU-144 delayed the schedule. The aircraft underwent extensive modifications before this flight.

    Passengers found they were seated in narrow seats.

    Catering staff prepared caviar and roast beef.

    The passengers were served their meal and win by Aeroflot hostesses who had difficulty pushing the serving carts down the aircraft's narrow aisle. Some passengers complained of very high noise levels inside the aircraft, especially near the rear of the plane.

    The aircraft's Captain, Boris Kuznetsov took the plane's speed up to Mach two -- twice the speed of sound.

    The TU-144 covered the 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometres) to Alma Ata in two horse at speeds of over 1,250 miles per hour (2,000 kilometres per hour). It then flew back to Moscow.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2Z0W67D97AX462K5A5R5C8ZBN
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Z0W67D97AX462K5A5R5C8ZBN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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