Tupolev Tu-95 'Bear'
The following photographs were taken by me and may not be used without my express permission.

This picture must have appeared in hundreds of books, magazines etc.
It was taken at the Mosaeroshow in 1993 and lots of photographers were in
the same spot clicking away as the Tu-95MS performed its display routine.

Tu-95N on display at Monino. This aircraft was specially modified to carry the RS
reconnaisance aircraft under the belly - a project that did not reach fruition.

Another view of the Tu-95N at Monino.

A closer shot.

Tu-142M2 on the display ramp at Zhukovsky.

Rear view of the Tu-142M2 - note the grey paint scheme on this naval Bear.

Close-up of the multi-spectrum warning antenna under the nose of the Tu-142.
The same unit is present on the Tu-95MS.

Tu-95MS visiting RAF Fairford in 1993 for the International Air Tattoo.

Another view of the Bear - with its support Il-78 tanker in the background.

Side-on shot of the Tu-95MS

Front view - dominated by those massive contraprops.

Note how slim the fuselage is relative to the wings and engines.

Starboard side view.

It reminds me of something - I can't remember what...........
Note the ill-fated MiG-29 from the Gromov Flight Research Institute in the background.
Moments after I took this photo, the two MiGs collided.

Close-up of the port side of the nose. Note the numerous aerials, intakes and the
retracted landing lights.

Another shot of the nose. Note the differing styles on the number 20 on the nosegear door.

Side profile of the Tu-95MS nose.

Note the long cable duct, the shape of the wing root and the large blade aerial.

Closeup of the port side of the fin.

Starboard side of the fin.

Closeup of the tail gunners turret.

Port side of the tail turret.

Close up of the fin root - note incidence markings and the APU intake at the right.

A view along the starboard rear fuselage - note the white-painted panel aft of the weapons bay.

Port outer engine nacelle - note all the white-painted panels.

Port inner nacelle. The front of the propeller blades are painted black with yellow tips
and silver-grey de-icing panels. Note the red covers behind the prop hubs.

Shot of both NK-12 engine nacelles.

Another view of the port outer nacelle showing the exhaust nozzle. Note that the rear
of the propeller blades are unpainted.

A view of the front of the blades.

Side-on shot of the outer nacelle. Note the wing profile shape - sharply curved upper
leading edge and almost flat bottom surface.

Rear end of the starboard inner nacelle showing the titanium panels with ribbing to
cater for the heat from the engines exhaust. Note also the rear of the prop blades.

In 1994, TWO Bears visited RAF Fairford - a Russian Navy Tu-142M and an Air
Force Tu-95MS.

This is the Tu-95MS doing a fly-by before landing.

Another view of Tu-95MS bort number 23.

This is the AV-MF Tu-142M.

Tu-142M bort number 93 at RAF Fairford 1994.

Starboard nose area of the Tu-142M.

Closeup of the nose showing the in-flight refuelling probe.

Two former cold-war warriors share the same ramp at Fairford.

Starboard wingtip and outer engine nacelle.

Russian Air Force Tu-95MS - number 23 at RAF Fairford 1994.

Closeup of the port inner and outer engines nacelles.

Nose area of the Tu-95MS.

Port side of the fin.

Peace dividend at work! The Tu-95MS is 'refuelled' from a USAF LOX cart.
'Borrowed' from the B-52 support unit, the LOX nozzle fitted perfectly onto the
NATO-standard receptacle on the Tu-95!

Tu-95MS being towed out to the display ramp at Zhukovsky, 2001.

Tu-95MS at Zhukovsky.

Just before being swung round and parked up.

And here it is on display. Note the paddle-bladed AV-60T propellers on this trials machine.

Tu-95MS '61 Red' photographed from a coach on the 'secret' ramp at Zhukovsky.
Note the underwing pylons next to the fuselage for the carriage of Kh-55MS cruise missiles.

Another view of '61 Red' at Zhukovsky.

The following 12 photos were supplied by Mort Stanley - and are his copyright...

Head-on shot of a Tu-142M taken at Zhukovsky.

Tail shot of a Tu-95MS - note that elevators are drooped when
the aircraft is parked.

Rear underside of the Tu-95MS at Fairford.

Looking along the fuselage..

Inside face of the inner engines nacelle showing the exhaust.

Another view of the engine exhaust and mainwheels.

Close up of the mainwheels. Note the colours and tyre-creep marks.

Nosewheel on the Tu-95MS.

Close up of the upper noseleg on a Tu-142M.

Looking up into the nosewheel bay.

Tu-95MS taken from  Mi-8 helicopter over Zhukovsky.

Another aerial view of the 'secret' ramp at Zhukovsky with a
Tu-95 next to a Tu-160 Blackjack.

And now for something completely different..................

How about an Aeroflot Bear! This is the VIP-configured Tu-116 converted from a Tu-95.
It was capable of carrying 20 passengers in a pressuried cabin. Only four were built.

This Tu-116 is in the aircraft museum at Ulyanovsk.

Side view of the Tu-116 carrying the civil registration CCCP-75452

Nose of the Tu-116 with an 'Aviarktika' G-1 (TB-1) in the background.

Another shot of the Tu-116 at Ulyanovsk.

Tu-95MS interior
The following photos were taken inside the Tu-95MS that visited RAF Fairford in 1993.
They are the copyright of Adrian Balch - and may not be used without his express permission.

Note also that the photo on page 83 and the lower two photos on page 85 of the Aerofax book
on the Tu-95/-142 'Bear' purporting to be shots of a Tu-95MS cockpit are, in fact,
photos of the cockpit of an Antonov An-124 'Ruslan' !!

Pilots position - note the curtain and the simple instrument panel.

The full panel from between the seats. The throttle quadrants are
on the pilots left and co-pilots right - as are the trim wheels.

The flight Engineers panel behind the co-pilot. Note the instruments
in banks of 4 - and two sets of 4 levers - possibly for throttles or
propeller pitch.

Extreme rear of the cockpit showing the first navigators position.

A view down the back with the open access
hatch in the floor leading to the nosewheel bay.

This photo shows the console to the left of the pilot with the large
trim wheel and four throttle levers. Photo courtesy Mort Stanley.

Tu-95MS Weapons

Internal weapons bay on a Tu-95MS armed with six Kh-55
cruise missiles on a rotary launcher.

Another view of the weapons bay.

Bear Names
In recent years, Russian Long-Range Aviation has adopted the
practice of naming their Tu-95MS bombers after Russian cities.
Those noted so far are Saratov (bort number 10), Ryazan (bort 20),
Kaluga (bort 15) and Blagoveshchensk (bort ?).
Also due to be named are Moscow, Tambov & Mozdok.
If anyone has any more photos showing these aircraft, please let me know.

Tu-95MS named 'Saratov'. Note the use of the capital letter A and the style of
the city coat of arms.

Starboard side of (presumably?) the same aircraft. Note the lower case
letter A and the coat of arms.

Coat of Arms of Saratov city.

Great close-up of 'Ryazan' during the naming ceremony showing the city coat of arms.

'Ryazan' taking off.

A nice shot of the port side of 'Ryazan'.

Tu-95MS 'Kaluga'.

Kaluga Coat of Arms