On July 16th, 2019 the aircraft Tupolev Tu-144 with tail number SSSR-77114 was transported from the territory of the Flight Reseacrh Institute named after M.M. Gromov to the site of Zhukovsky, Moscow region.
The aircraft itself is special, in July 1983 it was used to set three world records. Two of them were set in July 13th when the aircraft was flying with the maximum speed along the closed course of 1000 km with load of 30000 kg. The average speed made up 2031,5 km/h. On July 20th it broke anothуr world record when flew along the closed course of 2000 km with the average speed of 2012,2 km/h at the height of 18200 m and with the load of 30000 kg.
Since 1986 to 1988 the aircraft, equipped with special instruments, was being used to study the radiation situation in the high-level atmosphere.
In 1996 it was modernized from Tu-144D to Tu-144 LL with NK-32-1 engines to be further used for testing SST engines of the second generation under the program of NASA, in performed 32 flights in general then. The final flight was made in April 1999.
The weight of the aircraft with no wings is equal to 60 tons. The fuselage length is 66 meters. However, it was decided to transport the craft along public roads.
They had to dismantle some lamp-post along the way…