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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: wewuzkangz
There's a world of difference between the Russian space program and the Russian aerospace industry. Dealing with the Russian Air Force can be an adventure. I've dealt with them more than once, and every time had my hair stand up from things they told me, or wanted to do with the aircraft.
As I've said repeatedly, Russia has great engineers, who can do some interesting things with their ideas. The problem is that their production and quality control, both of which have improved quite a bit in the last few years, still have some distance to go to catch up with other nations.
In some fields, I'd take Russian equipment over western equipment, but most of the ones I would are either one time use or limited use scenarios.They've done a hell of a job closing the gap in several areas though and if they can get consistent funding levels, and their quality control down, i see them getting a several year advantage in those areas quickly.
"Early flights in scheduled service indicated the Tu-144S was extremely unreliable. During 102 flights and 181 hours of freight and passenger flight time, the Tu-144S suffered more than 226 failures, 80 of them in flight. (The list was included in the Tu-144 service record provided by the USSR to British Aircraft Corporation-Aérospatiale in late 1978, when requesting Western technological aid with the Tu-144, and probably incomplete.) Eighty of these failures were serious enough to cancel or delay the flight.
After the inaugural flight, two subsequent flights, during the next two weeks, were cancelled and the third flight rescheduled. The official reason given by Aeroflot for cancellation was bad weather at Alma-Ata; however when the journalist called the Aeroflot office in Alma-Ata about local weather, the office said that the weather there was perfect and one aircraft had already arrived that morning. Failures included decompression of the cabin in flight on 27 December 1977, and engine-exhaust duct overheating causing the flight to be aborted and returned to the takeoff airport on 14 March 1978.
Alexei Tupolev, Tu-144 chief designer, and two USSR vice-ministers (of aviation industry and of civil aviation) had to be personally present in Domodedovo airport before each scheduled Tu-144 departure to review the condition of the aircraft and make a joint decision on whether it could be released into flight. Subsequently, flight cancellations became less common, as several Tu-144s were docked at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport.
Tu-144 pilot Aleksandr Larin remembers a troublesome flight around 25 January 1978. The flight with passengers suffered the failure of 22 to 24 onboard systems. Seven to eight systems failed before takeoff, but given the large number of foreign TV and radio journalists and also other foreign notables aboard the flight, it was decided to proceed with the flight to avoid the embarrassment of cancellation.