DISASTERS: Deadly Exhibition

"Just wait until you see us fly," said Russian Test Pilot Mikhail Koslov. "Then you'll see something." Koslov's pride in his airplane seemed justified. Nearly everyone who attended the Paris Air Show agreed that the Russian supersonic transport, TU-144, was a more impressive-looking craft than its smaller but graceful rival, the Anglo-French Concorde. The final day of the show last week was mostly devoted to flying exhibitions. The Concorde was the first of the SSTs to perform under the canopy of gray clouds that loomed over Le Bourget Airport. As 350,000 spectators...

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