TUPOLEV TU-16

(No reviews yet) Write a Review
SKU:
113317
Military Conflict:
Cold War
Add to Cart

Options

$79.95
Or

Details

SKU:113317

Details

SKU:
113317
Military Conflict:
Cold War

Description


Features
  • 8.5" x 11"¬†Hardcover
  • 464 pgs
  • 1,033 Photos
Versatile Cold War Bomber.
Doyle. Developed to meet a Soviet Ministry of Defense requirement for a fast bomber that would counter the threat posed by NATO, the Tu-16 was a ground-breaking project. It was the first Soviet medium bomber to feature swept wings, and it was built around a pair of turbojets that were the world? most powerful jet engines at the time. First flown in 1952, the Tu-16 filled such roles as nuclear bomb delivery, missile strike, reconnaissance, and Electronic Counter Measures. It also served as the basis for the first Soviet jet airliner, the Tu-104. Nearly 1,500 were built for the Soviet Air Force and the Soviet Navy, and the Tu-16 showed remarkable longevity, the final examples being retired in 1993. The type saw quite a bit of combat?rom the Six-Days War of 1967 to the Afghan War. The Tu-16 was also produced in China and remains in Chinese service to this day. All known versions are described, as is the Tu-16? operational career. The book features many hitherto unpublished photos.