Herpa HE559126 – 1/200 Scale Tu-144S Diecast Model
Herpa HE559126 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale the Tupolev Tu-144S, a supersonic transport (SST). Registration CCCP-77101 in a combined Tupolev-Aeroflot livery, the first, a preprodution aircraft, of ten TU-144S built. The maiden flight took place in 1971, used as a test and demonstration aircraft.
Herpa 1/200 scale Tupolev Tu-144S diecast model details
|Length||32.8 cm||12.9 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||14.0 cm||5.50 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Canards diplayable extende or retracted
- Nose positionable
- Display stand included.
The Tupolev Tu-144 is a Soviet supersonic transport aircraft (SST), that first flew on December 31, 1968, two months before the Concorde. The aircraft went supersonic for the first time on June 5, 1969, and on May 26, 1970, exceed Mach 2, the first time for a commercial transport. Commenced passenger services on November 1, 1977, almost two years after Concorde abnd is one of only two SSTs to enter commercial service, the other, the Anglo-French Concorde. One of the noticable differences to the Concode was the use of two small retractable canards fitted on top of the fuselage just behind the cockpit. Used to counter the nose down pitch when the elevons moved downward at low speed to increased lift.
Following the crash of the Tu-144 at the 1973 Paris Air Show and another, a Tu-144D, in May 1978 while being delivered, contributed to the permanent grounding of the passenger fleet after only 55 scheduled flights. The aircraft remained in cargo service until 1983 with only 102 commercial flights made. The Tu-144 was later used by the Soviet space program to train pilots of the Buran spacecraft, and by NASA for supersonic research. With the failure of sales to the civilian market, Tupolev turned to the Soviet military, to no avail.
Rushed into service, the Tu-144 suffered multiple issues. The noise level in the passenger cabin was deafening and at the rear unbearable. Structural weaknesses resulted in fatigue cracks metres in length, beyond acceptable and safe limits. Along with insufficient range, limited routes due to noise, combined with the rising oil prices, lead the USSR government to announce on July 1, 1983, the end of the Tu-144 programme. With all existing aircraft to be modified for use as flying laboratories.
There were sixteen Tu-144 airframes completed, the prototype, a pre-production Tu-144S, nine production Tu-144S and five Tu-144D. The -D used the Kolesov RD-36-51 turbojet engine.
Tupolev Tu-144S specifications
- Flight crew: Three; two pilots and flight engineer
- Passenger Seating: 120 single class, 98 in two classes
- Length: 65.7 m (215 ft 5in)
- Wingspan: 28 m (91 ft 10 in)
- Height: 12.55 m (41 ft)
- Empty weight: 91,800 kg (202,400 lbs)
- Engines: Four Kuznetsov NK-144A afterburning turbofan engine
- Cruise speed: 2,000km/h (1,240mph), Mach 1.88 at altitude
- Maximum speed: 2,500 km/h (1,550 mph), Mach 2.35
- Range: 3,080 km (1,915 mi)
- MTOW: 195,000 kg (429,900 lbs)
- Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,600 ft).
Herpa HE559126 – 1/200 scale diecast model of the Tupolev Tu-144S, SST, registration CCCP-77101 in a combined Tupolev-Aeroflot livery