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The Concordski Crash

A fateful day in the competition for technological supremacy between the Soviet Union and the West as they raced to develop the first supersonic passenger plane.

In June 1973 the Russian rival to Concorde, the Tupolev Tu-144, crashed at the Paris Air Show, killing the crew and people on the ground. At the time the Soviet Union was competing with the West to produce the world's first supersonic passenger aircraft. Former British test pilot, John Farley, recalls the day of the fatal crash of the plane dubbed 'Concordski'.

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11 minutes