Let’s visit an air base and look at such big planes as TU95MS and TU-160.
This is Commander of the Air Base who gave his permission for taking some photos.
‘A plane is a wonderful creation of the human mind. It acknowledges no authority except for the persons who respect the laws of the flight. N.E.Zhukovsky’.
Tu-95MS is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform.
On November 12, 1952 the prototype of the plane started its flight. It was a long flight that ended in crashing of the machine. 11 passengers died. However, the tests were not stopped and soon the plane was put into service.
The plane carries X-55M missiles.
According to a tradition that has been followed from 1920-1930, Tu-160s are given names of Heroes of the Soviet Union and those related to long-range aviation. Tu-95MSs are named in the honor of cities. ‘Vorkuta’
Il-62 RA-86556 came from Poland in 1980 is present now in the museum of the aviation base.
Inside the cabin.
The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. The aircraft remains in limited production, with at least 16 aircraft currently in service with the Russian Air Force
The Il-78 was the original production version with two removable fuselage tanks and maximum transferable load of 85.72 tonnes (188,540 lb).
Strategic missiles X-55 are intended to hit stationary targets considering the coordinates set before.
Personnel is meeting the crew of the landed plane.
The engine is being examined before the next flight. It is the largest and most powerful engine in the world.
Training flights occur several times a week.
And here Тu-95МS is flying above Red Square on 9 May of 2010.