The Tupolev Tu-144, an airliner developed in Soviet Russia during the 1960s and '70s, is one of only two supersonic transport aircraft to enter commercial service. Due to safety concerns, however, only 16 were manufactured with a total of only 102 commercial flights completed. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, though, one Tu-144 was refitted for NASA usage as a testbed for high speed commercial research.
Replicating the NASA-flown plane, this 1/500 scale, die cast model features a striking white livery, simulated cockpit and cabin windows, and a realistic undercarriage and wheel wells. Measures approximately 5¼" long with a 2¼" wingspan.