18 August 2005
Ryazan - 43rd
Tu-16K-26 Gate Guard at Ryazan-Dyagilevo.
The sign on the main gate reads 'Tsentr Boyevogo Primeniya i
Pereuchivaniya Lyotnogo Sostava - Dalneye Aviatsii'
Centre for Combat Application and Training of Aircrew - Long Range
Another sign over the gate - the outer writing I think translates as
'Teach to Fly
Into the museum proper - Tuplolev Tu-22M2 'Backfire-B' with Kh-22
missile (NATO AS-4 Kitchen) under the starboard wing.
Myasischev M-4-2 'Bison'.
Such large aircraft are difficult to photograph.............
Tu-22PD - jammer variant of the Blinder.
Off to the side - on the live ramp - this Tu-95MS was being worked on.
It bears the crest and name of the city of Ryazan.
Interesting Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' - this is the one-off machine fitted
with the same NK-32 engines as the Tu-160 Blackjack.
Note the four rows of auxiliary blow-in doors in the centre - the
'standard' Backfire has only three rows of doors.
Massive Tu-95K-20 'Bear' with a Kh-20 missile (NATO AS-3 Kangaroo).
I don't know if this Tu-95MS was being worked on - or cannibalised!
This Antonov An-24 was sitting on the ramp off to the side.
Tu-16R EW Jammer variant.
Another shot of the NK-32-engined Tu-22M3.
This An-26 was being worked on.
A shot up the centre of the museum display area.
A closer view of the Tu-16R showing the large 'Sirena' jammer in the
Another view of the Blinder.....
Rear end of the Tu-22 Blinder.
Closeup of the mission symbols and scrubbed-out 'excellence' badge on
the Tu-22 Blinder.
The missile under the Tu-16R is a KSR-2 (NATO AS-5 Kelt). It is not
carried by the Tu-16R.
A closeup of the massive Kh-20 under the Tu-95.
Another view from the rear.
Tu-22M3 Bort Red 4504' - the one-off NK-32-engined machine from
Snout on the Tu-95K-20
Mya-4 Bison nose
Arty shot of the Bison's nose.
The four rows of auxiliary doors on the Tu-22M3.
Tu-134UBL pilot trainer with Tu-22M-style nose arriving. This one
sports the name Ural above the cheatline.
Another view of 'Ural' as it taxies in to its parking slot.
This Myasischev VM-T is on the far side of the airfield - One of only
two flightworthy machines built, the other one is at Zhukovsky.
Ilyushin Il-78 'Midas' tanker - note the UPAZ refuelling pod under the
Mil Mi-8 'Hip'.
Inside the museum - the instrument panel from a Tu-95..................
No, not an Elsan pan - but the refuelling receptacle from a Bison.
Flags on the way out, from left to right, Ryzan City , Russian
Federation, Russian Air Force.