Tu-16 Badger Medium range Bomber. First flight: 1952 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photos from the personal collection of Kostas Panitsidis


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NATO reporting name: Badger
Side “50 Red” 
Factory number: 1880802
Exhibit of the Air Force Museum (Monino): since November 16, 1967
Total flight time: 562 hours 48 minutes, performed 218 landings.

 


The Tu-16 medium-range jet bomber is an all-metal construction cantilever monoplane with a mid-wing sweep wing, a single-keel sweep empennage and a tricycle landing gear. The Tu-16 fuselage is an all-metal semi-monocoque with stressed skin.

The first flight of the aircraft took place in 1952 and was put into service in 1954. A total of 1507 aircraft produced (all modifications and prototypes). The Tu-16 remained in service until 1993, and then was completely withdrawn from service.

The aircraft has two AM-3 type gas turbine engines with a maximum thrust of 8750 kgf each (since 1958, more powerful RD-3M engines with a thrust of 9520 kgf were installed, later improved by RD-3M-500 with a thrust of 9520 kgf). They are placed in nacelle on the sides of the fuselage, built into the center section. Fuel is located in the wing and fuselage. Full refueling of the fuel system is 43,800 liters (37,230 kg), with a normal takeoff weight of 72,000 kg, the maximum fuel refueling is 34,360 kg.

The armament of the Tu-16 consists of offensive - bombing and defensive. The normal bomb load is 3000kg, the maximum load is 9000 kg. Cannon armament consists of 7 AM-23 cannons of 23 mm caliber, two each in dorsal and ventral remote turrets and manned tail turret, with the occasional addition of one fixed forward in the nose (guns are controlled by remote electrical control).

 


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Tu-16 Badger © Konstantinos Panitsidis

  


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Tupolev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Medium range Bomber
CREW
6
POWER-PLANT
Two jet engineς RD-3M-500
Thrust, kgf
2 x 9.520
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
34,80
Height, m
9,85
Wing span, m
32,99
Wing area, m2
164,65
WEIGHT
 
Empty aircraft, kg
37.200
Maximum take-off, kg
77.150
Normal take-off, kg
55.000
Permissible landing weight, kg
47.000
Internal fuel, l (kg)
43.800 (37.230)
- with a normal takeoff weight of 72000 kg, kg
34.360
Warload, kg
 
- normal
3.000
- maximum
9.000
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
 
- at an altitude of 10.000 m
938
- at an altitude of 6.250 m
992
Cruising speed, km/h
850
Range (without refueling), km
5.760
Combat range, km
3.150
Service ceiling, m
12.800
Take-off runway, m
1500-1800
ARMAMENT 7 x 23 mm cannons AM-23. Transportation of aerial bombs, FAB-500, FAB-9000 as well as nuclear weapons, in the internal compartment and on the external pylons (air-to-surface missile, anti-ship missiles)

 


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