Clearly linked with the Concorde and granted with some spy stories behind, the Tu-144 was nevertheless a singular aircraft in its own right. Its troublesome story was marked by serious technical flaws, propaganda successes, design changes, politics, wishful thinking, crashes… In the end a costly, if magnificent, failure.
The prototype’s pure silhouette hides the crudeness of the Tu-144 original design and the haste of its development. An amazing looking aircraft,with a very aggressive shape. The Anglo-French rival looked more like a civil airliner.