Tupolev Tu-144

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Tupolev Tu-144
Tu-144D in USSS.jpg
Type Airliner, Supersonic aircraft
Configuration Canard aircraft, Delta-wing aircraft
Propulsion Jet aircraft
Manufacturer Tupolev
Author(s) Michael Danilov
--aircraft= Tu-144D
Status Early production
 FDM Stars-5.png
 Systems Stars-5.png
 Cockpit Stars-2.png
 Model Stars-3.png
 Repository The development repository of the Tupolev Tu-144.
Download Download the Tupolev Tu-144 aircraft package for the current stable release (2017.3).
License Restricted
This aircraft is NOT available under the GNU GPL 2, the primary license of the FlightGear project. This means that parts cannot be reused in the official FlightGear repositories.

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.

FlightGear model

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.

Current status

As of November 2017, we have:

  • FDM and control in agreement with POH;
  • reasonable autopilot based on the documentation for Tu-154B;
  • plausible navigation stack with the Orbita-10 FMC;
  • complete set of cockpit warnings;
  • engines, systems and most instruments following POH;
  • automated crew: callouts and landing/RTO actions;
  • profiles for proper startup and quick practice;
  • realistic autostart;
  • correct animation, sounds and view in multiplayer;
  • mostly functional front panel, albeit without proper textures;
  • basic damage system.

Known issues

  • 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
Landing 120,000 kg
Liftoff 390 km/h
Cruise Mach 2.1
Max speed at 19,000 m Mach 2.15
Pattern 340 km/h
Glideslope 290 km/h
Touchdown 270–290 km/h
Practical ceiling 19,700 m
Cruise 19,500 m

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