Iron Birds In the Clear Sky

Iron Birds In the Clear Sky

Dyagilevo is an air base in Ryazan, Russia. There is a museum of long-range aviation there, but we are not going to visit it today again. We gonna spend some time at the airfield of Dyagilevo instead and look at various planes flying over there.

Iron Birds In the Clear Sky

Il-78 – tanker aircraft. It was built on the base of Il-76 and put into service in 1987. For today it is the only specialized type of tanker aircrafts used by air forces of Russia.

Iron Birds In the Clear Sky

Tu-22M3 – a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber.

Iron Birds In the Clear Sky

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An-26 – a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft.

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Air display team “Falcons of Russia”.

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Being prepared for the flight.

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Tu-95

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Tu-22M3

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One of the bombers. It can fly from Moscow to California with bombs aboard for several hours.

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Tanker-aircrafts

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Tu-22M3

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Noisy landing

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Taking off

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Il-78M

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Tu-22M3

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Aircraft tanker

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It smells of kerosene.

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Il-78

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Tu-22M3

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Algerian bomber.

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One of the bombers is landing.

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Another aircraft tanker.

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Compare dimensions of Tu-22M3 with the size of the KAMAZ truck.

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Il-78M is taking off.

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We guess it’s not the last time we are coming here, to Dyagilevo. See you there next time.

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30 thoughts on “Iron Birds In the Clear Sky”

  1. Tu-22M3 never can reach targets in North America with or without bombs.It is not designed for it. It is designed for european theatre of war.To cross the Atlantic it will require in-flight refuelling and another refuelling for the flight back.

    • Shouldn’t you be more concerned about replacing your B-52’s, the newest of which is 50 years old. Even the oldest Tu-22M is a decade newer.

      • I’ll say it again…..
        Ha! The B-52 is so good, it doesn’t NEED to be updated! Not hardly “antiquated”. That’s like the highlight of design there. Update the avionics, and that’s it, the body is nearly perfect. Just goes to show, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

        • Lol. You’re one to talk about “no idea what you’re talking about.”. Have you ever heard of the Tu-22M3? Probably not. To put it simply, its’ the same body but updated avionics. Try again.

    • The person is right about the B-52s all of them are old enough to have been flown by the Grandpas of their current crews.

      “If it works why replace it” is as true in Russia as it is in the U.S.

    • And how do you think you know this???

      I would not hold any opinions like this; UNLESS those opinions are backed with solid, current facts.

      Remember the old saying about the word assume. When you ASSUME something with fact checking, it makes an ass of ‘U’ and ‘ME’.

    • @Daniel

      What makes you think that? The Il-78 can do both daytime and night refueling. RuAF planes with refueling probes have night strobes on them.

      Like OldBikr said above me, don’t assume something without checking the facts.

  2. Why San Francisco ? Are the US still the enemy of Russia ? Is cold war not finished ? I thought it was. Well, it seems that some in the US were asleep at that moment. With some foes in Moscow, unfortunately…

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