18 August 2007
Speaking of oxidation
Military aviation nerds are probably chuckling by now, and we should let the rest of y'all in on the joke. The Tu-95 is a bomber that was state of the art at the time of its first flight, in 1952. An aircraft that makes the equally geriatric B-52 look sleek and modern by comparison, the Tu-95 Bear hasn't been a viable strategic threat since before JFK took office. The Tu-160 Blackjack, on the other hand, is state of the art circa 1970. Designed to fly really high and really fast, the "B-1ski" was a white elephant even before the end of the Cold War, since Surface-to-Air missiles fly higher and faster.
This does not, of course, guarantee that there won't be bigger and badder bombers to come, but it's not like Putin can put a fleet of modern planes on his Soviet Express card ("leaves home without you!") these days.Posted at 10:12 AM to Dyssynergy