Tu-160 goodness


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I thought that was Concorde from the first glance at the youtube frame. I wonder if they share any heritage of the time?

The Tu-160 Blackjack debuted in the 1980s, while the Concorde’s first flight was in 1969! Although the Tu-160 sports swing wings and is a hair faster than the Concorde (top speed of Mach 2.3 compared to the Concorde’s Mach 2.0), I still think the real queen of the skies is quite a bit sexier:

That is a beaut for sure.

I was thinking of this guy as well, with all those 70’s spy rumours and the like:

Every time I see this video I think how awful the Concorde pilots must have felt about this incident:

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The wikipedia article suggests that the Tu-144 pilot might have been trying to be a show-off and put the aircraft into a stall.

There are other crash theories, including a cockpit-mounted camera falling on the pilot, a chase aircraft got in the way of the Tu-144, causing an emergency maneuver by the Tu-144 pilot, etc.