Why? The economics have not changed – but each nation’s need for adulation has become toxic.
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Russia and United Arab Emirates announced that they will jointly develop a new supersonic passenger aircraft. Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Emirati state-owned Mubadala Investment Company PJSCagreed to start this new joint venture for the construction of third of its kind passenger aircraft.
Back in 1968 Soviet Union launched the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic passenger plane, a year before the Concorde first launch. Safety and high costs forced Soviet Union to retire the plane after just 102 flights. France and UK’s joint development of concorde made its first flight in 1976, a supersonic passenger aircraft. Unfortunately, in 2003 it was retired due to low passenger numbers, rising maintenance costs and a number of serious accidents.
The Russian-UAE supersonic passenger plane will transport passengers at a speed of between Mach 1.5 and 1.8. The plane will be released in two versions, one having only eight passenger seats, and…
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