Takeoff: Tupolev TU-144 Supersonic Transport DVD
In the late 1960s, America, Europe, and the Soviet Union were competing to develop a supersonic transport plane. The first SST to actually fly was the Soviet TU-144, designed by Andrei Tupolev's team. This film depicts the design, testing, and manufacture of the plane and its maiden flight on December 31st, 1968. Many shots of Tupolev and his designer son Alexei are included, and Tupolev describes his schooling (synchronous sound). Previous Tupolev planes shown include the ANT-3, Maxim Gorky, ANT-6, ANT-25, TU-104, and a heavy bomber.
USSR, late 1960s, Color, 21 minutes, English voice-over commentary.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)