Airborne Awesomosity

Atlant: Heavy Lift Soviet Style


In 1976 the Soviet leadership may have already been seeing the cracks of their centrally-planned economy appearing. Yet, they still had a “keep up with the Jones'” attitude and were funding the ill-fated Buran project. In order to transport large assemblies from the production facilities to the Baikonur Cosmodrome they needed an aircraft with some serious lifting ability. Vladimir Myasishchev was contacted and thought he had just the aircraft for the job.

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Military-Grade Awesome

In Soviet Russia, Hedgehog Shoots You!

In glorious Mother Russia, we do not need to build another plane for close ground support. We install 88 PPSh-41 submachine guns in a bomber and we kill the Nazi scum! We call it Fire Hedgehog!

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Airborne Awesomosity

In the General Secretary’s Secret Service

Known as the Tupolev 007, the bizarre craft you see above is the only one known to be in the US. The actual craft, the Tupolev A-3 Hope, was fairly prevalent throughout Eastern Europe and Siberia starting in 1964.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Bearing Down: A Return to the Cold War?

During the Cold War, America’s air defense network could count on a few things. First, that they would see Soviet aircraft flying on the very edge of our airspace. Second, those aircraft would be the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear or one of its variants. Once the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990s, these flybys started to dwindle. In fact, by 2009 the US was considering an incursion by Russian aircraft something strange; not routine. However, as Russia seeks to re-enter the superpower club, it has been doing a little saber rattling lately. Over the last few years, the US and Europe have been reporting more and more incursions of Russian aircraft over our northern borders. That aircraft is the same as its ever been, the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear.
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