Past & Future
02/29/1969 : Flying over Paris - Paris
Waited in Le Bourget air show, prototype 001 of Concorde over flies the French capital at low altitude.
12/31/1968 : First commercial supersonic is sovietic - USSR
Sovietics can be proud. Tupolev TU-144, nicknamed Concordski by West people, is the first supersonic commercial plane to take off., for a 38 minutes of flight at subsonic speed. Thus URSS has overcome European Concorde. Kremlin leaders knew that the first flight of Concorde was expected on next February and they wanted to be first. Despite warnings of Alekseï Tupolev, head of the project, the two test pilots, Edouard Elyan et Mikhaïl Kozlov, took commands of TU-144 this morning. Weather was bad, planes had to seed clouds with silver iodide in order to convert them in rain. At first glance, TU-144, with its four Kouznetsov NK-144 engines, resemble to Concorde. Same gothic wings, same fuselage, same needle nose articulated. Since 1961 KGB has been very much interested by the Concorde project. Whatever this similarity TU-144, whose performances near those of Concorde, is larger, though its commercial loading is lower. Unlike Concorde, its skin includes 20% titanium.
10/01/1968 : Change for 2707 (Boeing) - U.S
Boeing abandons variable geometry for 2707`s wing.
09/19/1968 : Rolling out of 002 - Filton
Rolling out from plant of "002", first British prototype.
08/20/1968 : Roll tests - Toulouse
Concorde 001 begins roll tests at low speed, on a runway specially built for her.
02/04/1968 : First run up - Toulouse
First run-up of Olympus engine, set on Concorde 001.
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