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To: DUMBGRUNT
Interestingly, the safety record of the Tu-95 bomber has been surprisingly quite good considering the age of these planes and the level of aerospace technology involved. That reliability was why the Tu-95 production line was restarted in the early 1980's to build the Tu-95MS version, which carries the Kh-55 nuclear-armed cruise missile (designed specifically to take out DEW radar stations in northern Canada and military installations in Alaska).

Interestingly, had the Tupolev design been more successful, the Tu-114 commercial airliner derived from the Tu-95 could have continued in service with Aeroflot until at least the middle 1980's had they been able to install quieter propellers for the big turboprop engines--the Tu-114 with more modern propellers would probably have a range around 6,000 nautical miles by the middle 1970's, which would have given Aeroflot a plane that could fly further than any Western airliner except the DC-8-62 and the Boeing 747SP.

16 posted on 07/14/2015 10:47:12 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88
...install quieter propellers...

With four turboprops and counter rotating propellers, they have been noted as the loudest aircraft on earth. Not good for a passenger aircraft. Of course, it's a useful indicator of complete engine failure.

"Hey Vasily, seems awful quiet around here all of a sudden."

19 posted on 07/14/2015 10:57:52 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: RayChuang88

There’s an old joke that DEW line folks will hear Tu-95s approaching long before they see them on radar.


46 posted on 07/14/2015 12:47:36 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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