6 Mighty Vehicles Of The Past

Mighty Vehicles Of The Past

The museum of long-range aviation in Dyagilevo is a small but very interesting place because it contains exhibits that can never been found anywhere else. Let us visit the museum and see what is so interesting about it.

Tu-22М3 (Backfire) is a long-range supersonic transport rocket-carrier with a changed geometry of the wing. Its batch production started in 1978. It is 42,46 m long.


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6 Responses to “Mighty Vehicles Of The Past”

  1. PK says:

    I don’t understand why a plane designed in the 70s needs a rear cannon. As if it will be chased by fighters equipped only with cannons too? Russian planes are gorgeous, amazing feats of engineering, but this is just stupid design.

    • Iggy says:

      Cannon was used mostly as last resort / short range self defense weapon. Either way, it might have come in handy.

    • Tovarich Volk says:

      That was kind of the same philosophy that went into the designs of the F-111 and the F-4, and it didn’t really work that well. –Later planes had cannons again.

      Then again, all of the B-52’s had a rear gatling cannon. Not exactly 70’s technology, but it works well.

  2. Testiculese says:


  3. Muzzlehatch says:

    A few North Vietnamese jets were downed by B-52 tailgunners.

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