Dyagilevo is an air base in Ryazanskaya region, located 11 km to the west from Ryazan. There is the Distant Aviation Museum on the base where we will travel today.
Let’s start our excursion from TU-95, the soviet strategic missile bomber, one of the fastest planes that became a symbol of the Cold War. Russian Bear was made to attack anytime of a day, at any weather.
TU-95 planes have the NK-12 engines, which is the most powerful in the world nowadays.
TU-95 is one of the loudest planes in the world and can be disclosed even by submarines but it’s not crucial during assault and battery.
Defensive equipment consists of 23-mm aviation canons.
Bomb-load of TU-95 can reach 12000kg.
There is TU-95MS right next to it; this is TU-95 modification which is the foundation of the Russian strategic Air Force. It carries cruise missile H-55.
M-4, “Bizon” by NATO classification- the first reactive strategic bomber came in to the army. It was made at the same time with TU-95 but it is faster with the smaller range.
One of the most beautiful planes with the maximum take-off weight of 181.5 tons, and the speed of 947 km/h on the height of 6700m.
In this museum there is M-4 modification.
TU-22, Blackfire is the distant supersonic missile bomber with the changeable wing geometry.
Air vents with the vertical wedge (the horizontal one on TU-22M3) are located on each side of fuselage.
And this is TU-22M2, first was made in Kazanskij aviation plant with its first flight performed on the 7th of May 1973.
TU-16, “Barsuk” by NATO codification is the soviet twin-engine, reactive, distant missile bomber.
During decades TU-16 has been the essential plane in aviation component of USSR strategic forces. TU-16 of sea aviation did monitoring and convoying of USA aircraft-carriers tasks in the whole northern hemisphere. During Afghanistan War TU-16 was used not once to bomb Afghanistan territory. Lots of new modern equipment was put on the plane and in early 90’s it was withdrawn from the army.
IL-76 “Iskrennij” is the Soviet military transport plane, which is the essential one in military transportation of Russia and Ukraine.
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