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Old July 2nd 03, 04:51 PM
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Soviet SST
New York: Orion Books, 1989. First edition. Near fine with very good jacket.
One tidy tear on rear of dust jacket. Rear panel lightly soiled. 276 pages,
24 pages of b&w photos.
"In 1961, the Soviet Union began a program to develop a supersonic airliner-
a commercial transport that would fly at 1,500 miles per hour while seating
more than a hundred passengers. For the Soviets, who had already shocked the
world with their bold firsts in the space race, this as to be another step
toward technological parity with the West. But, by 1984, after two fatal
crashes involving the SST, including one at the prestigious Paris air show,
the program was scraped. What went wrong?
"Soviet SST concentrates on the political ups and downs of the Soviet
Union's leading aircraft designer, Andrei N. Tupolev, and his relationship
with Nikita Krushchev, who sought spectacular achievements to use as a
political stick against the West. With its maiden flight two months earlier
than the British-French Concorde, the Soviet's TU-144 was the envy of the
world, albeit briefly. In the end, political intrusion into technological
development drove the Soviets to overreach, and their program came crashing
"This is an important book for aircraft specialists, aviation historians,
sovietologists, students of technology and international relations, and
anybody who would like a glimpse into the inner workings of the Soviet
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