Category: Soviet Planes

Kalinin K-7 – One of Strangest Aircraft to Ever Fly


The Soviets designed and built the enormous Kalinin K-7 in the early 1930s as an experimental aircraft that if accepted into production, would have served as a cargo aircraft, bomber and troop transport. It had a strange layout of seven engines, twin booms, and underwing pods that housed the landing gear and defensive turrets. It […]

The Largest Fighter Ever Built – The Tu-128


The Tupolev Tu-28 or Tu-128 was a Soviet long-range interceptor that first flew in the 1960s, and has the distinction of the being the biggest fighter to ever enter service, and the heaviest at the time it served. The Tu-28 was given the NATO reporting name ‘Fiddler’. The idea for this aircraft was born in […]

Striking photographs of the Soviet Bomber Fleet

John Buchan

The Soviet Union has, like all military superpowers, made full use of their air power to ensure the safety of the nation. In a manner similar to that of the US or any European power, their air force has been used for strategic, photographic, rescue, and military action. This is a short photo essay of […]

The US Air Force B-29 Origins of the Russian Tupolev TU-4

The Tupolev Tu-4 technically originate to the decade before WWII, which was a time of extraordinary aeronautical design development for the US military. The B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator both played a key role in the Battle for Europe, but a bigger, better, longer range bomber, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was on its […]

The Top 10 Most Produced Aircraft of WWII

During World War II, manufacturers around the globe partook in history’s greatest production effort, making some of the most produced vehicles in history. Factories went from building automobiles, to building hundreds of bombers per month. At its peak, the Ford Willow Run plant was finishing a B-24 every 60 minutes! The numbers nations can produce […]

19 Awesome Images of WWII Warbirds Cutting the Grass

Humans have existed on Earth for around six million years, and it is strange to think that for only 0.001% of that time, humans have known powered air travel, after the first powered flight of a heavier than air craft by the Wright brothers in 1903. This great invention immediately changed the world, significantly reducing […]

Remembering the Heroic Female Pilots With This Great Video

John Buchan

Night Witches: When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II in 1941, they expected that their superior technology and the success they had thus far in quickly occupying territory would lead to a similar quick defeat of the Soviets. But the Soviets proved fierce defenders of their motherland. Part of that tough resistance […]