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7 The Only Tu 4 Plane Russia Has Today

The Only Tu 4 Plane Russia Has Today

Posted on May 23, 2013 by team


We are at the Monino airfield again. And this post is devoted to Tu-4, Russian copy of V-29.

This Tu-4 (serial number 2805103) was built in 1952 at the Kuibyshev Aviation Plant, it’s the only Tu-4 preserved in Russia. It is said to have participated in the attack of Budapest in 1956. The order to drop bombs was scrubbed out when the plane was already approaching the city.

See many pictures of the vehicle inside the post.

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7 Responses to “The Only Tu 4 Plane Russia Has Today”

  1. Kpt Kaint says:

    The Tu 4 was copied by the Russians using 3 American B29 bombers that made emergency landings in Russia while on bombing runs against Japan in WWII. Russia was a neutral county in the war with Japan at the time so they confiscated and kept the 3 US B29s. Stalin ordered that a Russian copy be made of the B29. While the B29s drop the 1st US atomic bombs the TU 4 dropped the 1st Russian atomic bomb from the air…..
    This article tells the full story.
    http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/USSR.html

  2. Robert Kahler says:

    Its just sitting there rotting. It would be nice if they sold it to one of our flying museums in the US – we would rebuild it as an operational B-29.

  3. bobs says:

    A very interesting airplane on the inside. Thanks for the photos.

  4. John from Kansas says:

    Great photo series on an historic aircraft. Thank you.

  5. John Arley Burns says:

    Those older planes sure did have a lot better visibility for the pilots than modern ones.

  6. petrohof says:

    considering this plane likely has not flown for almost 60 years I guess the condition is not that bad, but it would take a serious huge amount now to restore it. a real shame that the USSR and now Russia have let it decay to this point. is this truly the last one??

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