Several aircraft from the Soviet Union, including the supersonic jetliner, the Tupolev 144, arrived at Le Bourget Airport on Tuesday (25 May), for the Paris International Air Show.
Several aircraft from the Soviet Union, including the supersonic jetliner, the Tupolev 144, arrived at Le Bourget Airport on Tuesday (25 May), for the Paris International Air Show. The Soviet exhibit at the Air Show, which opens on Thursday (27 May), will include their new giant transport plane, the world's largest helicopter, and other new aircraft, as well as the TU-144.
Before a perfect landing, the TU-144 -- rival of the Anglo-French Concorde -- made two passes over the airport. The aircraft, making its first appearance outside the Soviet Union, resembles the Concorde, with its delta wings and drooping nose. The major visible difference is that the TU-144 has its four engines tucked under the fuselage, while the Concorde carries its engines under the wings.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), when the Concorde takes its place at the Air Show, prospective buyers will be able to study the differences between the two aircraft. A special guard has been placed on all Soviet aircraft, because of a claim that Zionist extremists may attack them as a reprisal for the trial of Jews in the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Several Soviet aircraft arrived in Paris on Tuesday, for the annual Air show which begins on thursday. Some were making their first appearance outside the Soviet Union.
The Soviet's new giant air cargo carrier, the Ilyushin-76 is able to carry forty tons of cargo over three-thousand miles. It is similar to the world's largest aircraft, the American C-5A military cargo carrier. Its four Kamov jet engines produce a powerful thrust, as these photographers discovered.
The supersonic TU-144 airliner arrived from Prague, where it has been on display for two days. The flight from Prague, which takes subsonic airliners one and a half hours, took the TU-144 two and a half hours. There was no explanation for the slow time. Before landing, the supersonic aircraft dipped its wings as it flew over the airport.
The TU-144 -- rival of the Anglo-French Concorde -- made no more noise than conventional airliners, which had landed a few minutes before. Similar in appearance to the Concorde, the delta-winged aircraft has its four engines tucked under the fuselage, whereas the Concorde carries its engines under the wings. Prospective buyers will be able to compare the two jetliners more closely on Wednesday, when the Concorde arrives at the Air Show.