20 Tu 22M3 That Will Fly Nowhere

Tu 22M3 That Will Fly Nowhere

Posted on August 14, 2012 by team

Tu-23M3 – the main heavy Ту-22М3 bomber of the Russian air forces. When you stand next to this vehicle you can’t help admiring…

Though it’s too sad to see them in such a poor condition…

They have no enemies anymore…

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20 Responses to “Tu 22M3 That Will Fly Nowhere”

  1. 山下智久 says:


  2. mythos says:

    Once superior to anything the fascist western powers could come up with, today obsolete. Russia is building new aircraft’s and are moving on, so should you. Still, beautiful planes…

  3. Jordan says:

    To be fair, their condition probably wasn’t a whole lot better in soviet times.

    “What are you complaining about? You still have five good tires!”

    • Sole Survivor says:

      Those bombers were demobilized through one of the arms reduction treaties. Same as the hundreds of B52’s rusting in Arizona.

  4. 70KokuSamurai says:

    The pigeons have let their feelings be known.

  5. Edward Kalamon says:

    Looks like a cannibalization line.

  6. Edward Kalamon says:

    Looks like a cannibalization line. We have them here. (USA)

  7. StavrosV says:

    “They have no enemies anymore…” I wish everyone would realize that.

  8. ivan says:

    I got tired of this page cries and images of the abandoned buildings and vehicles.
    There a lot of them left from Soviet Union that in the new political and economical situation doesn´t need nobody.
    In the Soviet Union the military costs were hugely inflated, all that bunkers, vehicles in that cuantitties are ridiculous to maintain now.

  9. Jeebs says:

    More money just left sitting sad so sad

  10. petrohof says:

    interesting the tire condition. were they last flown in this shape?

  11. albo says:

    Backfires. NATO was scared crapless of this when I was in the USAF, back in the early 1980s. It’s a shame to seem them treated so poorly.

    • mookins says:

      I remember those days. The Soviets maintained that the Backfire was a medium-size, medium-range antishipping bomber, but we the American public were told by the Reagan administration that it was an intercontinental strategic bomber and we had to build the B1 to counter it. Of course that was a baldfaced lie: it takes a big plane to get intercontinental range, as we saw when the Soviets did finally deploy an intercontinental jet bomber just before the USSR collapsed. Just another lie, like the Tonkin Gulf incident, Saddam Hussein massing tanks at the Saudi border, Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Iranian Nuclear Bomb, etc.

      • Fact Check says:

        1) Iranians admit they are developing a nuclear weapons program.
        2) Saddam did have WMD. Britain just announced they are removing the last of the stockpiles last week.
        3) And any fool can see burned out, destroyed Iraqi tanks destroyed by US Marine armor that advanced toward the Saudi border were they remain today.

        • vorontsevich says:

          Ironic name you use.

          1) Iranians admit they are developing a nuclear program, NOT a nuclear WEAPONS program. The west has been unable to produce any evidence of any nuclear weapons programs in Iran.

          2) Saddam did NOT have WMD. If he did, surely atleast one would have been found after a decade of searching. They never existed, just a fabrication for the West to invade Iraq.

  12. Thiox says:

    It looks like a big mig!

  13. Mister Dog says:

    From my time in the US Navy during the Cold War it isn’t sad for me to see Backfires in poor condition. It gives me a warm and fuzzy.

  14. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Either they were demobilized through one of the arms reduction treaties or the Russians couldn’t afford to use them any more.

  15. Lusker 41 says:

    Poor B&W pictures but epic plane

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