The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 August 2007

Speaking of oxidation

You know all that sabre-rattling the Russians have been doing? Rusty sabres at best, says Tam:

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

But ... but I heard the Russians were buying supersonic submarines from Iran!

Posted by: McGehee at 12:25 PM on 18 August 2007

A very interesting article on the plane is at

It is amazing to me that these planes are turboprobs, but also amazing that they are so versatile and continue to be such a threat.

Posted by: J. M. Branum at 11:19 PM on 19 August 2007

Doing more with less. It's a tradition of sorts.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:57 AM on 20 August 2007