Watch 'Tip of the Spear: The B-2 Spirit' here: https://nebula.tv/videos/mustard-tip-of-the-spear-the-b-2-spiritWatch More Mustard Videos & Support The Channel: https://nebula.tv/mustardSupport Mustard on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MustardChannelMustard Merchandise: https://www.teespring.com/stores/mustard-storeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mustardchannel/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mustardchannelFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mustard-109952378202335Twitter: https://twitter.com/MustardVideosWebsite: https://www.mustardchannel.com/In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the Soviet Union was in critical need of newer, more modern civil airliners. Existing aircraft like the Lisunov Li-2 (a license-build derivative of the Douglas DC-3) and Ilyushin Il-12 were small, slow, and outdated when compared to their western counterparts. Travelling across the vast expanses of the Soviet Union was measured in days due multiple refueling stops, and often unpredictable weather. By 1953 plans were underway to solve the Soviet Union's airliner shortfall, but one pioneering aircraft designer named Andrei Tupolev was committed to propelling Soviet civil aviation well into the future. By 1953, the British de Havilland Comet was beginning to prove itself in passenger service. It flew nearly twice as fast as the latest generation of piston powered airliners, and much higher. With its speed and ability to fly above most weather, the Comet was proving to be much more convenient and comfortable. Tupolev was convinced that jet power was exactly what the Soviet Union needed, but Soviet leadership was skeptical. Jet engines were relatively new and unproven. There were lingering questions about long-term reliability, fuel consumption, and whether the resources needed to retrain Soviet pilots could be justified. More modern piston airliners seemed to be a more sensible path forward.Realizing that Soviet leadership would be unwilling to commit significant time and resources required to develop a jet airliner like the de Havilland Comet, Tupolev proposed an alternative approach. Having just finished designing the jet-powered Tu-16 heavy bomber, Tupolev proposed converting the aircraft into an airliner. Doing so would save significant engineering time, allowing for the airliner to be introduced within just 3 years. It would also be far less expensive, as factories were already configured to manufacture Tu-16 components that could be reused on the airliner, like engines, wings, landing gear and avionics. The approach would allow the new jetliner to enter service in 1956 - years ahead of the Americans. It was an irresistible proposition, but like the British, the Soviets would pay a heavy price for being the first to introduce jet travel. Music used in this production (reproduced under license):Intro Song: ‘Corruption and Crime’- https://www.apmmusic.com/albums/CBM_CBM_0090Song 1: ‘Forward Thinking’ - https://www.pond5.com/royalty-free-music/item/142651375-forward-thinking-full-lengthSong 2: ‘Changing Places’ - https://www.apmmusic.com/albums/SOHO_BOS_1022Song 3:: ‘Superman’- https://www.apmmusic.com/albums/KPM_KPMLP_1111Song 4: ‘Keep Close to the Guide’- https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/loaWiwkyLj/Song 5: ‘Casual Countdown’ - https://www.apmmusic.com/albums/CBM_CBM_0067Song 6: 'There Is No Sequel' - https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/CuydWxipTT/Song 7: Satirical Tu-104 Folk Song (commissioned by Mustard, which you can download here): https://www.mustardchannel.com/artSong 8: 'There Is No Sequel' - https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/CuydWxipTT/Song 9: ‘Industrial Pollution’ - https://www.apmmusic.com/albums/CEZ_CEZ_4415Song 10: ‘Synthwave Technology Industrial’ - https://audiojungle.net/item/synthwave-technology-industrial/35272023Thanks for watching!