T-4 ("100") was a high-speed bomber with a striking similarity to the B-70 Valkyrie. The T-4 was a big four-engined jet with a double-delta wing and canards. Four engines were fitted under the wing in rectangular housings with sharp rectangular intakes.
It was fitted with a 'droop snoot' that offered good visibility in the landing configuration, but almost none in the high-speed configuration.
The first in the world aircraft to rely fully (see a comment on the flight-by-wire control system (developed in 1967), well ahead of Western counterparts. FBW system was a necessity due to flexibility of huge fuselage (2m wide, 44m long), excluding traditional hydro-mechanical controls. BTW, such a flexibility is quite unusual for Soviet/Russian aviation, relying on rather 'solid' aircraft frame.
It is believed that the 'aircraft 101' that set a Mach 1.89 record over 2000km closed circuit was a T-4.
At least 3 built, not later than 1972.
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