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Tupolev Tu-144. The Tupolev Tu-144 (NATO name: "Charger'") was the world's first supersonic transport aircraft (SST). The prototype first flew on 31 December 1968 near Moscow, two months before the first flight of the Concorde. The Tu-144 first broke the sound barrier on 5 June 1969, and on 15 July 1969 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

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CCCP-77115 - Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-144 at Moscow - Zhukovsky (Ramenskoye) | ID 190873 | Airplane-Pictures.net

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Tu-144 USSR-77110 you see on the image above landed thirty years ago at an airfield of Ulyanovsk-Barataevka. It was the final, 140th flight for the supersonic plane, its destination was the museum in Ulyanovsk. The flight lasted 1 hour 30 minutes, since the beginning of its service it had logged 247 hours 1 minute (including 116 hours 27 minutes in a supersonic mode).