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Aircraft 08-2 : RA-77114


Copyright NASA-1998.

Aircraft Number 08-2
Current Registration RA-77114
Production Model TU-144D “004D” (converted to TU-144LL for Tupolev/NASA tests).
Maiden Flight 13th April 1981 : Voronezh, USSR.
Registration History Registered CCCP-77114 to Aeroflot - Soviet Airlines.
In 1996 aircraft re-registered as RA-77114 by Tupolev/NASA.
Final Flight 14th April 1999 : Zhukovsky - Zhukovsky (final ever flight of a TU-144).
Total Flight Hours 443 hours, 28 minutes.
Current Usage Stored in the Tupolev's facilities at Zhukovsky.
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Notes

In July 1983 this aircraft was designated as “101” and established 14 world records. These records were including a height of flight of 18,200 m with payload from 10 to 30 tons, average speed of 2,031.55 km/h on a closed-circuit of 1,000 km and 2,012.26 km/h on a closed-circuit of 2,000 km.

When the TU-144 program was cancelled, CCCP-77114 was used as research aircraft in experiments about the radiation in top layers of the atmosphere, ozone layer, thermal influence in different materials and studies on aerodynamics. In 1990 was placed in non flyable storage.

In 1993 08-2 was chosen to serve as testbed in a joint program between Tupolev, NASA and others US firms. The aircraft suffered an extensive modification that included the power plant, former Kolesov RD-36-51A engines were replaced by Kuznetsov NK-321 (engines of the TU-160 bomber). The new model was designated TU-144LL Flying Laboratory.

The first flight of TU-144LL was on November 29, 1996 and a total of 27 flights were realized until the end of the program in 1999.


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08-2 with the former registration CCCP-77114 and former Aeroflot colours. At the end of experimental flights it was stored in Zhukovsky.

Copyright Trevor Hall-1992.
CCCP-77114 on display on the ramp at Zhukovsky airfield during the MAKS-1993 AirShow.

Copyright PJSC «Tupolev»-1993.
Roll-out of the TU-144LL Flying Laboratory.

Copyright NASA-1996.
TU-144LL landing at Zhukovsky Air Development Center after a test flight.

Copyright PJSC «Tupolev».
RA-77114 makes a low-level pass with nose drooped and canards extended.

Copyright PJSC «Tupolev».
Waiting on the taxiway for a new high-speed research flight.

Copyright PJSC «Tupolev».
Picture from Airliners.net Parked in Zhukovsky waiting for an uncertain fate.

Copyright Oleg Revin-2007.



Outside view of 08-2 : RA-77114
Pictures courtesy of Ken Duffey taken at Zhukovsky in 1997


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