posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:49 PM
Concorde was a much more advanced bird than the 144 - and a lot of other aircraft at the time, the Russians repeatedly tried to buy some of the
Concorde tech for use in the 144, they knew they were well behind.
Concorde was a superior design in every way, it's a often quoted fact that the 144 was completely useless as a passenger transport, people had to
shout to make themselves heard more than a seat away, very few of the internal systems ever worked fully, the result of a rushed and compromised
She burned fuel getting upto altitude but once there she could supercruise at Mach 2, fuel was pumped from tank to tank to maintain supersonic centre
of gravity, at speed she was a seriously efficient lady.
Only pic of Concorde at Mach 2 - taken from a Tornado F3 which had only just enough fuel to rendevous over the Irish Sea for the shoot (72 or 73 pics
were taken in the few mins they had) and it topped out at Mach 2.11 before the Tornado had to throttle back to save fuel.
She could be doing 300 knots or 1300 Knots, would look the same, effortless.
The Tu-160 is an impressive bird but no basis for a passenger transport, efficiency is EVERYTHING when it comes to hauling human freight, I can't
honestly think of a single element of the TU-160 that would be useful for an SST, they don't even make for good test beds, rarely even stretching
their legs to Mach 2, the RAF has intercepted them upto 1.85 on a few occasions I know of.
Don't get me wrong, I love the sight of a 160, but they're cruise missile trucks and that's it now.