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.

The Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. An airliner variant Tu-114 holds the record as the world’s fastest propeller-driven aircraft. It is intended for hitting the target at any time and in any weather conditions. The plane is 46,9 m long.

The M-4-2 is a four-engined strategic bomber which is 47,6 m long.

The wind turbine is used if all the engines stop working during a flight. The turbine supplies the plane with electricity.

AM-23 guns.

Tu-22M2 (Backfire) is a long-range bomber with  a changed wing geometry. This modification was subject to numerous changes.

NK-12 engine is still the most heavy prop-jet engine in the world. Tu-95 is related to one of the noisiest airplanes.

The Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder) was the first supersonic bomber to enter production in the Soviet Union.Later in their service life, Tu-22s were used as launch platforms for the Soviet AS-4 stand-off missile, and as reconnaissance aircraft. Tu-22s were sold to a number of other nations, including Libya and Iraq.

The Tu-16 (Badger) is a twin-engine jet bomber.  Several modified models of these variant existed, all of which were known as Badger A in the West.






The  VM-T Atlant was a variant of M-4 Molot bomber used as a strategic-airlift airplane. The VM-T was modified to carry rocket boosters and the Soviet space shuttles of the Buran program.

It total, two planes were reconstructed to correspond to the requirements. The unique planes are presented in the photos.

The museum is very popular. Tourists, schoolchildren and bloggers often come to the open area with unique samples of military equipment, halls filled with military awards of pilots, letters, war-time maps perforated by the bullets of enemies and models of planes.

Location: Dyagilevo

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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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