Tupolev Tu-144D

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Tupolev Tu-144D
Tu 144 preparing for takeoff
Tu 144 preparing for takeoff
Type Airliner, Supersonic aircraft
Configuration Canard aircraft, Delta-wing aircraft
Propulsion Quadjet (Jet aircraft, Four-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer Tupolev
Author(s) @femboywings, @ShFsn, @konsni
--aircraft= Tu-144D
Status Advanced production
 FDM Stars-5.png
 Systems Stars-5.png
 Cockpit Stars-3.png
 Model Stars-5.png
Supports Checklists Tutorials
 Repository The development repository of the Tupolev Tu-144D.
Download Download the Tupolev Tu-144D aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
License CC BY-SA 4.0
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.
Wikipedia Tupolev Tu-144 This is a link to a Wikipedia article

The Tupolev Tu-144 (NATO: Charger) supersonic transport (SST) was the first of the two supersonic passenger airliners to fly, the other one being the Concorde. Tu-144's unique retractable canard allows the elevons to function as flaperons, bringing the takeoff/landing speeds closer to conventional airliners and allowing to use the same airports. It was one of the last commercial aircraft with a braking parachute, due to difficulties in thrust reverser development.

The Tu-144D addon for FlightGear aims to accurately model the latest long-range variant, 1981 Tu-144D model 09, as of the last built aircraft № 09-1 (reg. 77115) from 1984. It can be installed with the QT launcher hangar URL: https://gitlab.com/fg_shfsn/hangar/-/raw/main/catalog.xml.


Updated: September 2022

  • FDM based on DATCOM and some literature data, that agrees with normal flight perf in the whole fuel-payload domain.
  • FCS, engines, systems and most instruments able to follow the Flight Manual[1]. Note that there will be differences because of the Flight Manual being for № 04-1 (reg. 77106), an old variant of Tu-144 (sans D).
  • Automatic management of fuel and center of gravity throughout the whole flight.
  • All normal and some emergency procedures documented in the Checklists window, most also working as Tutorials.
  • In-sim calculator for fuel, payload, center of gravity and change of flight levels.
  • Detailed visual almost fully synchronized over MP and supporting the latest Compositor features. Adapted from from @konsni's FSX add-on[2] with improvements and optimizations.
  • Automated copilot and engineer doing callouts, performing their tasks during landing and take-off, as well as some on-demand actions such as instrument setting or engine startup.

Tutorials, checklists and help

There are available:

  • Text operation manuals on russian and english (in tha aircraft folder)
  • Interactive checklists (inside the simulator)
  • Video tutorials playlist

Characteristics and performance

Empty 99,200 kg
Max T/O 207,000 kg
Normal T/O < 180,000 kg
Max landing 132,000 kg
Fuel max 106,000 kg
Payload max 15,000 kg
Cruise Mach 1.9..2.1
Max at 19,000 m Mach 2.15
Pattern (canard out) 340 km/h IAS (~ 350 km/h TAS)
Approach 290 km/h IAS (~300 km/h TAS)
Cruise 16,000..18,500 m
Practical ceiling 19,700 m
Max fuel, 7,500 kg payload 5700 km


  1. Tu-144 Flight Manual №04-1 (reg. 77106) (in Russian). Published by OKB Tupolev.
  2. Nikita Konstantinov (@konsni), Mikhail Mitin et al. (2012). Ту-144Д v3.5.

External links