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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 12:49 p.m. PST

"Fastest bomber ever built. The largest bomber ever built. Heaviest bomber ever built. All of these monikers refer to the Tupelov Tu-160 "White Swan" (NATO reporting name "Blackjack"), a legacy Soviet airframe that has of late gotten a new lease on life.

The Tu-160 is outwardly somewhat similar to the American Rockwell B-1 Lancer which spurred its development. Both have variable-sweep wings, both are supersonic. However, that is where the similarities end…"

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 1:08 p.m. PST

Ah, more Russian propaganda?

Perhaps the fastest "operational" bomber.

According to Wiki, the B-1A is/was faster by about 0.1 Mach (Mach 2.3 vs. Mach 2.2 for the Tu-160), not to mention the 1960s era XB-70. Another source lists both the B-1A and Tu-160 at Mach 2.3.

The XB-70's max. speed is rated at Mach 3.1, not Mach 2.2 2.3 like the Tu-160.

The B-36 had a larger wingspan, but is a little shorter than the Tu-160 in length.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 12:19 p.m. PST



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