Uhhh, dude, you ARE aware that the B-52's primary tasking these days is as an air-launched cruise missile platform, aren't you?
The TU-95 has about twice the payload capacity of the B-52. That's a lotta missile weight.
Originally Posted by Sidewinder
yes, I'm aware that the B-52 is primarily a cruise missile carrier, so is the TU-95 and the Blackjack bomber. (I made an error previously when I mentioned Backfire, I meant Blackjack)
I had to check your claim about the TU-95's bomb/missile payload, as I'm not familiar with Russian bombers.
ahem, Sidewinder. I don't where you got that information about the TU-95's payload capacity. Its not twice the capacity of the B-52. It is flat out wrong, unless Wikipedia is wrong.
The B-52 has a bomb/missile payload of 70,000#s. The TU-95 has a bomb/missile payload of 33,000#s.
You may have been thinking of the TU-160 Blackjack bomber, it does have a bomb/missile payload comparable to the B-52 and is much larger and faster.
Besides, the TU-95 is a smaller aircraft than the B-52 in terms of wingspan and length.
Interesting, didn't know they did that. TU-95 is a buffed up B-29 Superfortress from a copy of a B-29 Superfortress they stole.
Another factoid, it's the fastest propeller driven aircraft in the world @ 575mph, but its still slow! LOL!
TU-95 Bear aka White Swan