Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Russian blogger russos published these cool photos of Tu 95MS, Tu-190 planes taken at the Engels Air Force Base, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian air forces and please all fans of aviation. Most of them could be used as beautiful wallpaper.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

“The plane is a great creation of the human mind and hands, it’s not dependant on any authorities apart from those who respect the air laws”.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Strategic missile carrier Tu-95MS.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

The prototype 95-1 made its first flight on 12 November 1952. Unfortunately the seventeenth test flight ended by crash and eleven deaths. However it didn’t stop further testing of Tu-95.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-95MS is a missile carrier with a nuclear warhead built on a base of a long-range anti-submarine aircraft, the Tu-142MK.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Some Tu-160 units were named after Soviet heroes and people connected with long-range aviation, Tu-95MS – after cities.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Ил-62 RA-86556. VIP board of the Polish leader Edward Gierek named «Frederyk Chopin». It was sent by Poland for repair in 1980. Since 1988 it has been a private craft of the long-range aviation commander (based in Engels).

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Seeing them in the air is a huge pleasure!

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

You get deafened by the noise of the plane, stunned by screws vibration, no pictures can convey that feeling of delight..

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

On July 30, 2010 there was set a world record of continuous flight for the planes of such class – the bombers overcame the distance of 30 thousand kilometers over three oceans and refueled in the air four times.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Mi-26T has landed.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Next to Tu-95 is an APA-100, an airfield portable electric plant.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Technician with a parachute.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

In the cabin: the workplace near the entrance is stuffed with interesting equipment, but it’s not allowed to be photographed. What you see is the panel of a flight engineer.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Dashboard of the first pilot.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

This strange rubber floor with wood battens is an of emergency evacuation device. In fact what you see an ordinary rubber belt conveyor. Yes, the floor is moving under your feet!

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Stove, water tank, first-aid kit.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-160 – a supersonic strategic bomber-missile swing-wing carrier designed in 1980s.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Currently the Russian air forces have sixteen Tu-160 units.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Il-78M is ready to take off.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

This tanker can provide 105,7 liters of fuel in the air.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-160 is the largest supersonic aircraft in the history of military aviation and the heaviest combat aircraft in the world with the biggest among bombers take-off weight. Pilots tenderly call it “White Swan”.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

IL-78M is about to lift off…

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

“Bears” are ready to fly.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

The program of the day includes in-route flights, refueling.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

NK-12 is roaring really loud.  When it flies it is rumored to be heard by American submarine crews being in deep waters.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Wonderful Tu-160 is taking off.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

In two fuselage compartments it may carry up to 40 tons of armory. The maximum takeoff weight – 275 tons.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Strategic cruise missiles X-55 equipping Tu-160 are intended to hit stationary targets with preliminarily specified coordinates. Anti-ship missiles have a radar guidance system.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Landing.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Technicians meet the crew on the ground.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Pilots have to sign some papers.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Parachute brake.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

NK-32 engines are inspected after the flight. The engine is the biggest and most powerful in the world aviation!

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Preparations.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-134UBL “Ural” is a trainer for pilots of naval and strategic aviation. The aircraft has a specially designed fuselage similar to those of Tu-22M and Tu-160.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

The plane is being fueled.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

The tanker is back.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

“Bears” are back too.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-95.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Nobody in the world makes a more powerful engine than NK-12…

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

They fly 2-3 times a week – it’s much more frequent that it was in the 90s.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Air Force Base “Engels”.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

This time they made a test fueling of Tu-160 and Tu-95MS in the air from the tanker IL-78.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Outer engines are stopped and the inner ones are used for steering.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-134UBL is saying goodbye.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Half-disassembled Tu-95MS.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Training is performed non-stop.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-160 in the sky over Engels.

Back to the Engels Air Force Base: Tu Aircrafts

Tu-95MS over Red Square on May 9, 2010.

Our thanks to russos for great photo report!

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    • I don’t think it is, but if it is then it’s being used on other sites as well, it’s a real aircraft and it’s over a real place, so what does it matter?

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