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Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:45:16 AM »
Very interesting strategic bomber designed in Soviet Union ;)

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 12:03:43 AM »
Small photo update! Black & white image is from a small batch of photos I unofficially purchased at the entrance of the Central Aviation Museum 'Frunze' in Moscow.
The other shots were taken at the Zhukovsky Airshow 1992. We can see the machine giving the flight display has lost a fillet of its vertical tail spine during flight. The last image shows a Tu-160 already been cannibalized.
It seems a number of Tu-160's were refurbished and modernized around 2005.
It's an interesting type and it is BIGGER than the Rockwell B-1B.

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 11:21:37 AM »
Nice images Nico  :-clap And more work from my side

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 01:30:43 PM »
All panels done, next step- shadows :))

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 04:14:23 PM »
More advance in last hour ;)

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2014, 07:36:41 PM »
Start work on others details

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2014, 10:36:48 AM »
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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2014, 12:32:12 PM »
Ukrainian machine

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2014, 03:32:12 PM »
Prototype 70-01

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2014, 04:00:26 PM »
Now that's one large aircraft.  ;)

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2014, 04:01:50 PM »
Really big even in 1/72 scale

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 05:52:19 PM »
An awesome machine!

When I view these advanced airplanes from so many years ago it is really looking at the peak of combat aircraft design. No designers have really "pushed the envelope" in many years, but I reckon "stealth" is more effective than sheer speed. Nevertheless, these Cold War airplanes are so interesting!

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 06:52:24 PM »
Interesting machine but wonder how it could be effective in combat, I guess this more depend from other parameters.

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2014, 07:23:09 PM »
I think, when the Tu-160 first began service, that it would have been at least somewhat effective in penetrating the defenses of the U.S. A friend of mine who was a crew chief on F-106s said they were training to intercept these when he was in uniform and the best option was the Genie nuclear-tipped missile. Of course the F-106 was being retired as the Blackjack was coming into service so it was left to newer ideas to counter the big bomber....

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Re: Tupolev Tu-160 - Туполев Ту-160
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2022, 09:03:04 AM »
Return with this nice update, Tu-160 based at Priluki, Ukraine.