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#61 Mr King

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 1837 PM

See I think they are works of art. I love the deadly aesthetics of Soviet / Russian stuff. 


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 2135 PM

 

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Rus-ugly...but supremely functional.

 

 

Two-seat Flanker is a beautiful plane. Got a 1/48 Su-30 in the queue on the model bench.


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 0835 AM

I thought that the tailfin top fairing was odd, having not seen one like it before.
 

"A handful of Tu-142MK machines was built as submarine communications relay aircraft, reeling out a long trailing antenna from a rig under the belly to transmit and receive low-frequency signals that could penetrate through water. These machines, designated "Tu-142MR", a distinctive thimble nose radome in place of the nose glazing and a fairing like that of the MAD system on the tailfin, but mounted forward instead of to the rear. NATO codenamed them "Bear-J". Incidentally, NATO never assigned a "Bear-I" codename; NATO didn't use the "I" suffix because it was too easily confused with "1"."

 

(http://www.airvectors.net/avbear.html)

 

You can also make out the underbelly fairing.


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 1119 AM

Functionality has a beauty all its own... ;)


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 1924 PM

I thought that the tailfin top fairing was odd, having not seen one like it before.
 

"A handful of Tu-142MK machines was built as submarine communications relay aircraft, reeling out a long trailing antenna from a rig under the belly to transmit and receive low-frequency signals that could penetrate through water. These machines, designated "Tu-142MR", a distinctive thimble nose radome in place of the nose glazing and a fairing like that of the MAD system on the tailfin, but mounted forward instead of to the rear. NATO codenamed them "Bear-J". Incidentally, NATO never assigned a "Bear-I" codename; NATO didn't use the "I" suffix because it was too easily confused with "1"."

 

(http://www.airvectors.net/avbear.html)

 

You can also make out the underbelly fairing.

 

 

Sounds like a sexier version equivalent to the E-6 TACMO

 

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Edited by Mr King, 18 January 2016 - 1925 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 1005 AM

That did the same thing for the USN?


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 1006 AM

That did the same thing for the USN?

Yep.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 0854 AM

A murder of TU-16's taken by a Norwegian F-104

 

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 0956 AM

Beautiful!

A murder of TU-16's taken by a Norwegian F-104

 

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 0616 AM

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 1719 PM

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 2056 PM

Wouldn't it be hilarious if they sent a B52 up to greet a Tu-95?  "HI! WE'RE STILL FLYING OURS, TOO.  WANNA DANCE?"

 

No Buffs but will a Vulcan do?

 

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 2314 PM

 

Wouldn't it be hilarious if they sent a B52 up to greet a Tu-95?  "HI! WE'RE STILL FLYING OURS, TOO.  WANNA DANCE?"

 

No Buffs but will a Vulcan do?

 

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Talk about a Cold War memorial flight: A Bear, a BUFF and a Vulcan! :wub:


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 0732 AM

From '08

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 1806 PM

Does Russia have anything in the works to replace their Bears? Or are they going to soldier on for the foreseeable future like the US's B-52's? 


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 0317 AM

All of the Bears in service were reportedly built in 1980s and early 1990s. That makes them at least two decades younger than the youngest B-52s. Add Kh-55 on board and...


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 0324 AM

Yeah they seem all to be new builds. I think the last ones were built as late as 1992 IIRC.

 

It really is the Russian B52. Probably a bit noiser though. :)

 

As far as replacement, they are trying to get the TU-160 production line going again, and have made some progress apparently with restoring some capability to that end. As far as long term replacement, there is supposedly a project to build a new long range bomber, the initial concept art looks like a flying wing. Vulcanski?


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 0347 AM

I can't see how they could afford replacing all Bears with Blackjacks. Expensive to build, more expensive to operate.


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 0350 AM

Well that appears at least to be the plan. I didnt say it was an affordable plan. :)


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 0606 AM

 

 

Wouldn't it be hilarious if they sent a B52 up to greet a Tu-95?  "HI! WE'RE STILL FLYING OURS, TOO.  WANNA DANCE?"

 

No Buffs but will a Vulcan do?

 

445bear.jpg

 

Talk about a Cold War memorial flight: A Bear, a BUFF and a Vulcan! :wub:

 

 

You would need a Victor and a Hustler as well.


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