The Tupolev Tu-144 (NATO: Charger) supersonic transport (SST) was the first of the two supersonic passenger airliners to fly. The other one was the Concorde.
The aircraft is unique for its retractable canards, which enable takeoff/landing at speeds not much higher than those of conventional airliners.
The project was conceived in July 2014 and has been active since April 2015.
Its goal is to accurately model flight dynamics, systems and instruments of the Tu-144 entirely in JSBSim and then make a convincing visual model.
As of June 2017, we have:
- FDM and control in agreement with POH, except for a few bugs;
- reasonable autopilot, based on the documentation for Tu-154B;
- plausible navigation stack with the Orbita-10 FMC;
- engines, systems and most instruments following POH;
- profiles for proper startup and quick practice;
- correct animation, sounds and view in multiplayer;
- mostly functional front panel, albeit without proper textures.
- The visual model needs a replacement;
- the cockpit is incomplete.
The reworking of visual will start when the relevant sizes are known from cockpit modeling.
Characteristics and performance
| Max T/O
|| 207,000 kg
| Normal T/O
|| 180,000 kg
|| 120,000 kg
|| 390 km/h
|| Mach 2.1
| Max speed at 19,000 m
|| Mach 2.15
|| 340 km/h
|| 290 km/h
|| 270–290 km/h
| Practical ceiling
|| 19,700 m
|| 19,500 m