HISTORY

Timeline

1980

  • 29th February: Final flight of the plane TU-144S number 04-1, registered CCCP-77106. Delivery flight to Central Air Force Museum of Russia in Monino.

  • 31st August: During a test flight of the plane TU-144D number 08-1 on supersonic mode, took place the destruction of an engine “RD-36-51A” which entailed the destruction of different elements of the design and systems of the plane. Crew of the plane (KVS E. Gorjunov) made a safe emergency landing at the air station of the Air Forces in Engels.

1981

  • 20th February: Is received the conclusion from Gromov Flight Research Institute, LII “About the conformity of the plane TU-144D to the requirements VNLGSS”.

  • 12th March: Confirmation of the certificate of the commission appointed by the order of the Minister of AP of 10/02/1981 number 31 “About the admission of the fuel systems of engines NK-144A, on planes numbers 05-2 and 06-1 with a view to the further operation and performance of passenger transportations”. Passenger transportations have not been renewed.

  • 13th April: First flight of the plane TU-144D number 08-2, registered CCCP-77114.

  • 30th April: MAP, MGA and GAR authorize “The complex program on April 28th, 1981 for joint state tests of the plane TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A”.

  • 11th May: MGA has approved “The certificate of acceptance of plane TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A” to the joint state tests”.

  • 27th May - 2nd June: Ministers AP and CA (I.S. Silaev, B.P. Bulls) approve the decision of the order of introduction in operation on lines MGA of the supersonic passenger plane TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A”. The same decision approves “The plan-schedule of maintenance works for the beginning of passenger transportations by plane TU-144D”.

  • 9th June: The State Aviaregister of the USSR has given out the temporary certificate of the validity of flight for type of plane TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A” (number 11B-144D)

  • July-November: Is lead and executed the 1981 program of joint state tests for the plane TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A”. The certificate, according to the results of the joint state tests of the plane TU-144D, was approved by the by Ministers AP and CA (I.S. Silaev, B.P. Bulls) only on April 19, 1982.

  • 17-20th July: MAP, MGA and GAR have approved “The program of operational tests of plane TU-144D on lines of civil aircraft”.

  • 22nd July: Order of ministers AP and CA number 139-181 “About carrying out of operational tests of the plane TU-144D on the MGA line Moscow - Krasnoyarsk”. The Same order approves the commission for carrying out operational tests, under B. Grubil's presidency, the deputy minister of civil aircraft.

  • 28th July: Order of minister AP number 178 “About preparation for the transfer of TU-144D planes number 07-1 and 08-2 to “Domodedovo” airport for carrying out operational tests on the line Moscow - Krasnoyarsk”.

  • 12th November: Destruction at stand RKBM of engine “RD-36-51A” during the accomplishment of the control tests. Temporary stop of flights of planes TU-144D with engines “RD-36-51A”.

  • 12th November: Final flight of the plane TU-144D number 07-1, registered CCCP-77112.

1982

  • 20th January: MAP, MGA and the Air Forces have approved the decision number 5752-81-090 “About the repair and resumption of the production of engines “RD-36-51A” (in relation with the destruction of the engine “RD-36-51A” number 1310 on 12/11/1981)”.

  • 27th January: Instruction of minister AP number N24/464 “About the termination at VASO of the manufacture of planes TU-144D, finishing with plane number 09-1”.

1983

  • 1st July: Governmental order of the USSR number 461-169 “About cessation of work on plane TU-144 and use of the made planes as flying laboratories”.

  • 13th July: By the plane “101” (TU-144D number 08-2, registered CCCP-77114) is established a world record of speed of flight on a closed route of 1,000 km with a cargo of 30,000 kg. Average speed of 2,031.55 km/h is reached.

  • 20th July: By the plane “101” the world record of speed and heights of flight on a closed route of 2,000 km is established. Average speed of 2,012.26 km/h and height of 18,200 m with a cargo of 30,000 kg is reached.

1984

  • 1st June: Final flight of the plane TU-144S number 06-1, registered CCCP-77110. Delivery flight to Museum of Civil Aviation in Ulyanovsk.

  • 4th October: First flight of the plane TU-144D number 09-1, registered CCCP-77115, last serially made plane of the TU-144.

1985

  • Throughout 1985-1986: Were carried out by the plane TU-144D number 09-1 training flights of test pilots from Gromov Flight Research Institute, LII under the Military Space Forces (VKS) program for preparation of flights on Space Shuttle “Buran”.

  • 29th March: Final flight of the plane TU-144S number 05-1, registered CCCP-77107. Delivery flight to Kazan.

  • 1985: After the cancellation of TU-144 program, works on the plane TU-144D number 09-2, foreseen registration CCCP-77116, were stopped.

1986

  • Throughout 1986: Completions on the equipment of the plane TU-144D number 08-2 and its research equipment for carrying out the research of radiating conditions in the top atmosphere in interests of Institute of Biomedical Problems of Russia.

  • 12th May: Final flight of the plane TU-144D number 09-1, registered CCCP-77115.

1987

  • Throughout 1987-1988: Performance of flights under the program of Institute of Biomedical Problems of Russia. Flights were carried out on routes: Moscow - Narjan-Mar - Moscow; Moscow - Ishim - Moscow; Moscow - Uralsk - Gurev - Shevchenko (Aktau) - Moscow.

  • 27th August: Final flight of the plane TU-144S number 04-2, registered CCCP-77108. Delivery flight to Samara.

1988

  • Throughout 1988-1989: Equipment of the plane TU-144D number 08-2 with scientific additional equipment under the expanded complex of atmospheric researches in interests of institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Due to the termination of financing of works, the additional equipment of the plane has not been completed and tests were not realized.