Heavy liftin’, Soviet style

I always enjoy seeing equipment from “the other side” in use.

And there’s this gem from The Dreamy Dodo.  I’d love to know the where and backstory of this pic:


A Mil Mi-6 crew member comrade havin’ fun with a former totalitarian foe. The clock was already ticking for the USSR Communism too. How times flies.

Move along, no loitering allowed


A U.S. Navy Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (BuNo 152012) of Attack Squadron 45 (VA-45) Det.1 Blackbirds intercepting a Soviet Tupolev Tu-126 Moss AEW aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea in 1973. VA-45 Det.1 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 56 (CVSG-56) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11) for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 24 November 1972 to 4 May 1973.

Bear in the clouds


soviet bear bomber cutting through clouds

The Soviet Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, a large four engined turbo-prop with eight contra-rotating propellers, is the Russian B-52. Introduced in the 1950s, the swept wing 90-ton strategic bomber with 165-foot long wings, can cover over 8,000nm without refueling.

Russia maintains some 55 Tu-95MS strategic bombers and they see lots of service, often popping up the Alaska coat and overflying far-flung U.S. territories.

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