The Tu-142 was updated late model lenghtened fuselage version of the Tu-95 for ASW work.
When the Soviets brought out the cruise missile carrying Bear H, it was originally going to be a Tu-142 (the new school) instead of a Tu-95 (the old school), until someone checked the wording of the SALT treaty and found that would make all Tu-142s treaty birds (including the ASW ones).
>>It’s a Tu-142. The MAD sting at the top of the fin gives it away.
The Tu-142 was updated late model lenghtened fuselage version of the Tu-95 for ASW work.<<
That is really interesting. Thanks for the info and I hope you don’t get upset (and DO chortle) when I tell someone who makes the same Google search I did “hey, that isn’t a Tu-95! What was you thinking?”
Information is always a good thing and a little fun along the ways makes it better :)
BTW — was my latter pic an accurate Tu-95? It does look, let us say, clunkier, than the original Tu-142 pic I posted.