Tupolev Tu-16 Badger

Tupolev Tu-16 Bomber Crew Member recalls the Training Mission where his Aircraft Dropped a Live Nuclear Bomb

Tupolev Tu-16 Bomber Crew Member recalls the Training Mission where his Aircraft Dropped a Live Nuclear Bomb

Nuclear testing During the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, both the US and USSR resumed nuclear… Read More

3 months ago

When Soviets tested the Tsar Bomba its shockwave was not only felt worldwide but also irradiated a USAF JKC-135A monitoring its detonation

Tsar Bomba On Oct. 30, 1961, the Soviet Union conducted a live test of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever… Read More

5 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he flew a solo intercept against a formation of 80 Soviet Tu-95 Bear and Tu-16 Badger Strategic Bombers off the UK Coast

The RAF Lightning The Lightning was the Royal Air Force’s first truly supersonic aircraft and its introduction immediately doubled maximum… Read More

5 months ago

US Navy A-7 pilot recalls when he flew alone, at night into a formation of Soviet Tu-16 bombers to see if they were conducting a missile strike against his carrier

A lonely US Navy A-7 intercepting a formation of Soviet Tu-16 Badger bombers. Developed to meet a Soviet Ministry of… Read More

5 months ago

Here’s why the Tu-16 wing-to-wing in-flight refueling system took a heavy toll on Badger crews’ nerves

The Tu-16 Badger The establishment of NATO posed the need for the Soviet war machine to create a fast jet… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that strafed Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base by means of its defensive barbettes during the Six-Day War

The Tu-16 was then hit by one of two missiles fired by two Mirages and attempted to escape in an… Read More

11 months ago

Video shows Soviet Tu-16 Badger bomber Crashing Into Sea After Buzzing USS Essex Aircraft Carrier

The Tu-16 Badger made four passes over the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Essex, and on the last a wing… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the Soviet 3M Bison bombers that had to nuke Europe if the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into World War III

This was the only occasion when 3M bombers on quick-reaction alert (QRA) duty actually sat armed with nuclear bombs, ready… Read More

2 years ago

The crazy story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that used its defensive barbettes to strafe Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base during the Six-Day War

Still pursued by the two Mirages, the Tupolev thundered low over the Israeli air base, making a right turn that… Read More

2 years ago

The US Navy fighters that crashed while intercepting Tu-16 Badger reconnaissance aircraft

The Tu-16 Badger Developed to meet a Soviet Ministry of Defense requirement for a fast bomber that would counter the… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the formation of 75 Tu-16 Badger bombers that avoided collision after flying through thick clouds at 990ft during the May Day Parade in Red Square

The Tu-16 Badger bombers took off and began the circuitous route to Moscow, assuming close formation before the final turn… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the crazy wing-to-wing in-flight refueling procedure of the Soviet Tu-16 Badger medium bomber

There was a joke in the Soviet Air Force that you could identify the pilot of an in-flight refueling -capable… Read More

3 years ago

Did you know the former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was a good military pilot? Pt. 2: Nocturnal Il-28 Reconnaissance Sorties over Israel

Between others, in 1959-1960, Mubarak and his unit's Il-28Rs flew a series of nocturnal reconnaissance sorties over Israel: the last… Read More

4 years ago

That Time a Soviet Tu-16 Crashed Into Sea After Buzzing USS Essex Aircraft Carrier

‘I remember the Tu-16 coming over the flight deck from starboard to port flying a couple hundred yards and appeared… Read More

5 years ago

Iraqi Air Force Performed the Only two Tupolev Tu-16 Air Strikes Ever Conducted against Israel

The Israeli Mirages attempted to attack with Shafrir Mk.1 air-to-air missiles, but these missed, and both pilots were then scared… Read More

5 years ago

That time a lone RAF Lightning intercepted a horde of 80 Soviet strategic bombers

"While the mass contacts of 60...70...80 (who knows?) contacts which, as if raging bulls bent on widespread death and destruction,… Read More

6 years ago

THE UNKNOWN STORY OF THE CLOSE CALL THAT ALMOST STARTED WORLD WAR III OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA IN 1969 

“This is the Chief-of-Staff: Launch the alert five.” In just minutes we could hear the A-6 engines starting directly above… Read More

7 years ago