Opening of the monument to the plane Tu-144 will be held on the 24th of August
Solemn opening of the monument to the plane Tu-144 will be held on the 24th of August. It was given by the mayor of Zhukovsky Yury Prokhorov. The monument is going to be opened by the time of International Aviation and Space Show – it will take place in our town from the 27th of August to the 1st of September.
“Opening of such a monument in Zhukovsky is a milestone event for all of us, – commented Yury Prokhorov. – Tu-144 is a modern supersonic passenger jet, designed in Tupolev design bureau. The first time it took to the air was on the 31st of December 1968 in Zhukovsky. Òu-144 became a legend of experimental aviation, a plane, which was in advance of its time. That`s why on the 24th of August we open not just a monument, but we immortalize the symbol of achievements of Russian aeronautical engineering”.
The authors of the concept of the project are Research and Engineering Company, charity fund The legends of aviation and city authorities. On the 16th of July the plane was dragged to the installation site from the territory of Gromov Flight Research Institute, where the restoration and painting work was held. Tu-144 was painted in colours of Soviet Aeroflot. On the 10th of August the plane was lifted on the support gantries, which are located on the base plate. Works were performed with the usage of cranes.
“Now we have to do the finishing touch: we need to regenerate the lawn and install landscape lighting, – added the mayor of Zhukovsky, – All these things will be done odd-come-shortly.