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Famous Russian Aircraft: Tupolev Tu-22
     

Famous Russian Aircraft: Tupolev Tu-22

by Yefim Gordon, Sergey Komissarov
 
The Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder and Tu-22M Backfire led the Soviet Union's supersonic bomber air force from the 1960s, although the two aircraft were very different. The Tu-22--nicknamed Blinder by NATO--was the pioneering supersonic bomber in the USSR, entering production in 1960. The first Tu-22B aircraft entered Soviet service in 1962 and the aircraft continued into

Overview

The Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder and Tu-22M Backfire led the Soviet Union's supersonic bomber air force from the 1960s, although the two aircraft were very different. The Tu-22--nicknamed Blinder by NATO--was the pioneering supersonic bomber in the USSR, entering production in 1960. The first Tu-22B aircraft entered Soviet service in 1962 and the aircraft continued into production until 1969 through several variants, including reconnaissance and electronic warfare versions. The aircraft was a mixed success as its performance compared unfavorably the Tu-16. It was also sold abroad to Libya and Iraq. The Tu-22M Backfire was developed by Tupolev during the 1960s when the Tu-22's shortcomings became apparent. The variable-geometry wings in the new design improved performance considerably and the new aircraft entered service in 1972 in the strategic bomber role and it was used in this capacity in the 1979-1989 war against Afghanistan. Yefim Gordon's unparalleled access to information on Russian aviation makes this the most complete book published on this fascinating aircraft.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857803563
Publisher:
Crecy Publishing
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Series:
Famous Russian Aircraft Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,214,152
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Yefim Gordon is one of Russia's leading aviation writers and publishers. He is the author of many books on Soviet aviation and currently lives in Moscow.

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