|Engines||4*8700kg Mikulin AM-3D|
Four-engined, swept-wing jet bomber. The engines were buried in the wing roots. An unusual feature for such a large aircraft was the bicycle landing gear, with small stabilizing wheels at the tips of the drooping wings, and a nosewheel leg which was extended at take-off to achieve the correct angle of incidence.
It is said that A.N.Tupolev selected turboprop engines for the Tu-95 intercontinental bomber because it was known that the range requirement could not be fulfilled with jet engines. V.M.Myasichev had the bad luck to prove this. The M-4 was short on range.
Production was limited and the aircraft were used as patrol aircraft and tankers, once the ICBM's replaced bombers as delivery vehicle for nukes.
Military designation - 2M
|3M;||M-201 - ?;||VM-T, Heavy back-load transport. Used for Buran/Energia program.|
|Modified March 12, 1997||Back to|