Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Did you know the Tu-95V that released the Tsar Bomba it dropped 621 ft when it was hit by the shock wave of the bomb?

Did you know the Tu-95V that released the Tsar Bomba it dropped 621 ft when it was hit by the shock wave of the bomb?

The Tu-95V: a special Bear to drop the Tsar Bomba The Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber (NATO reporting name: Bear) was… Read More

1 week ago

FAA ATC recalls when a Tu-95 passed 1,000 feet above a DC-8 flying over the Atlantic. The DC-8 pilot reported hearing the Bear passing by.

The Tupolev Tu-95 The Tupolev Tu-95 (Russian: Туполев Ту-95; NATO reporting name: “Bear”) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile… Read More

2 months ago

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

4 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

6 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

6 months ago

From Flying Locomotives to Fictitious EW Pods: USAF F-15 Eagle Pilot tells odd stories about Intercepting Soviet Bear Bombers in the GIUK Gap

More than once the liberty-loving young Eagle Drivers of the "Black Knights" would attempt to share one of the many… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the RC-135 Spy Plane that was diverted to intercept a Soviet Tu-95 bomber because no fighters were on alert. The RC-135 was renamed FC-135.

‘The RC-135 was diverted to do the intercept. The RC snuck up on the Bear from low rear and then… Read More

2 years ago

Former P-3 NFO tells the story of when his Orion intercepted a Soviet Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber

‘We had been conducting operations at low level (200 - 300 feet) in the Norwegian Sea, when we received a… Read More

3 years ago

Bears Forever! Watch the first flight of the upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MSM strategic bomber

The heavily upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MSM will be capable of carrying eight missiles instead of four and will feature new flight… Read More

4 years ago

NORAD F-22 Raptors recently intercepted eight Russian aircraft which came within 20/32 nautical miles of Alaskan shores

F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 AWACS, completed two intercepts of Russian Bomber formations entering the Alaskan Air… Read More

4 years ago

“Recent Russian Bomber Flights were probing NATO’s radar gap in the GIUK Gap,” Former commanding general of US Army Europe says

Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commanding general of US Army Europe, says Russia is attempting to map the contours… Read More

4 years ago

China releases Video of Last July joint Bomber Patrol with Russia that Violated South Korea KADIZ

ROKAF fighters fired more than 300 warning shots at a Russian Beriev A-50 AEW&C aircraft that had twice violated the South Korea airspace.… Read More

5 years ago

USAF F-22 Raptors intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers escorted by Su-35 fighters off the coast of Alaska

The bombers exited and then re-entered the Alaskan ADIZ accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets. On May 21, 2019 two pairs… Read More

5 years ago

That time two RAF Phantoms shadowed two Soviet Bears over France because French fighters were grounded for Bastille Day celebrations

"I could not avoid a feeling of irritation when I pictured our Mirage colleagues as they attended their Bastille barbecues… Read More

6 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