The Tupolev Tu-104 was the USSR’s first jet-powered airliner. But how did it stack up against its western competition? Key.Aero reviews the history of the type and compares its capabilities to the Comet
The beginning of the Jet Age was a tumultuous time for commercial aviation both literally and metaphorically. The roar of turbojets at western airports fell silent for two years between 1956 and 1958 after a series of high profile crashes led to the grounding of Britain’s de Havilland Comet.