The Tupolev is one of two super sonic transports (SST) ever built for
commercial use—the other being the Concorde. Design began on the soviet
jet in 1962 and the first prototype flew on New Year's Eve of 1968
outside Moscow, two months before Concorde got off the ground.
Here it is crashing during the 1973 Paris Airshow. The Russians think a mysterious French Mirage fighter jet that appeared
to be tailing the TU-144 just before it went down caused the crash. The
French have accused the Soviet flight crew of trying to bank the plane
Skip to the 1:00 mark for the flight to start. There is repeat footage in this and a rewind in slow motion at the end. Not the best quality but what do you want for nothing?
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