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Tupolev's  Bear by zulumike Tupolev's  Bear by zulumike
Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev (November 10, 1888 December 23, 1972) was a pioneering Soviet aircrat designer. During his career, he designed and oversaw the design of more than 100 types of aircraft, some of which set 78 world records. One of his greatest achievements is the design of the TU-95 bomber.

The Tupolev Tu-95 ( Bear) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the former Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040.

The Tu-95 Bear is probably the most iconic Soviet bomber during the Cold War and is considered the natural counterpart to the B-52.

Both the U.S. B-52's and the Russian TU-95's have been upgraded and will continue to serve both countries air arsenals through the 2040's.

See "Nuclear Alert" TU-95's nemesis the B-52.

Thanks for Looking.


Cheers, Mike
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GrafDeWolfGuN Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
very nice
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Much.
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Oh yea, the plane who delivered the most fearsome DoomsDayDevice with potential capacity of way more than 50 megatons of friendship and stuff! *evil laugh*
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RodrigoF01 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Андреи Николаевич туполев
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Photographer
OH YES!

Those Kuznetsov turboprops are awesome!
They're enormous!
They're powerful!
They're loud!
They're brilliantly designed machines!

Nicely presented! Clap 
I love it!

Great work! :D (Big Grin) 
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I love those engines, Big and Powerful.

Thank You.

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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   Photographer
My pleasure! :D (Big Grin) 
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KK-Afterbrun Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Ah the 'Bear', The only aircraft that can be picked up on SONAR.
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Amazing!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
One beautiful design. Wonderful work
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Lindale-FF Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the most beautiful designs ever produced! And also the loudest, on the count of the last few inches of the propeller blades reaching speeds of Mach 1.02 when at full throttle, so you are hearing a constant sonic boom!
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, still being used today and upgraded for the future years as a counter to the B-52's. Still holds speed records for prop aircraft. I love though engines.

I read somewhere that the Russian villages near the Russian airbases of the of the "Bears" constantly battle the sounds of vibrating the houses and rattling the dishes.
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Lindale-FF Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Worse than that, the constant sonic boom allows enemy submarines to track them from thousands of miles away. Very similar to the way listening posts in the Bahamas could track German U-boats from virtually anywhere in the Atlantic.
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Jareff Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
+++
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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914four Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever notice the the huge spotlight on the cockpit side of the CF-18 and CF-188? This beast is responsible for them :-)
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice plane indeed! I honestly thought they retired it after the Cold War was over... and I thought the B-52 (and guessing the T-95) were to serve past the 2050's, marking them with 100 years of service. Although, I could be wrong. ;)

Nice job on it nonetheless!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you're welcome! I like your icon btw.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I learn is from various internet sites.
I have also seen 2050's for the T-95.
When they say "upgrades" they talked about primarily the avionics and adapting newer versions of weapons systems. Also they of course go through inspections and repairs of engines and airframe.

Thanks for the feedback glad you like it. One of my favorites. Always had the look of badness to me.

Cheers, Mike
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I see. Those things need upgrading all the time. ;) I'm sure the patch up the air frames and stuff as well over the years.

You're welcome dude! It does yeah.

Cheers! :)
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
2040 wow!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has been a very reliable aircraft, it has the range, speed and capacity to carry the weapons. I understand they are very loud, the sub's sonar can pick up the sound from underwater.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The US Navy used to refer to the area north of Midway Island in the Pacific as "Yellowstone Park", because of all the "Bears" there.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good story thanks. I would love to see one up close. I saw a B-52 at Wright Patterson Air Force Museum. Very Impressive.

Thanks for the feedback.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John, appreciate the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
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hellbat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Cool!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the firsthand story. I appreciate the feedback.

Was is at Engels Airbase?

Cheers, Mike
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Airbase with these bombers was placed not far from my house. Their landing route was just over the roof of my house. They were damn loud. All cups and glasses jingled when another bomber flied by. But suddenly I slept well only when they flied. Because I knew, that if there were no flights for several days, then fuel supplies on the base ran out.
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been fortunate to see two of these airborne - each time I was deployed with the Navy. First time was back in 1990, when I was assigned to a destroyer. Next two times were on a Western Pacific deployment in 2008 aboard USS NIMITZ, when one out of two did a pass above our Cruiser and then passed down NIMITZ's port side about about 1000 yards away from us or so - at low altitude and escorted by a couple of F/A-18 Superhornets! It was a terrific sight!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have seen our B-52's but not a TU-95.

I understand The TU-95 is very loud, the prop tips are moving at close to the speed of sound.

That would have been a great photo in time.

Do you remember how loud they were?

Thanks for the story.

Cheers, Mike
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't remember how loud they were unfortunately. A third time when I was on watch, and we had a TU-95 flyby close to NIMITZ, I could here the radio communications back and forth between the pilots intercepting the Bears (they were a flight of two) and the crews of the Bears. Cool stuff indeed!
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Passin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Awesome. At this point I am just a teensy bit jealous. I'd love to see that
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing.
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice Mike, certainly an impressive aircraft. My uncle was in the RAF during the late 70's early 80's working on the EE Lightning which used to intercept these as they skirted near British airspace. Lots of tales of soviet airmen waving and mooning out the windows lol.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank for that story. I am sure these were tense moments for everyone.

I am visualizing the mooning, another universal symbol of hello maybe.

Cheers, Mike
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Antonis, appreciate it.

Your work always inspired me to "push those pixels"

Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I like all the Cold War aircraft, this was when the Soviet Union and the USA were pushing each other to the next levels of aviation technology and armament. The Soviet Union seemed to always counter our latest designs, staring way with the B-29 and their T-4.

Cheers, Mike
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emperorkirkwall Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing aircraft.
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