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Backfire 4 Burn

She was quite a bird.

Why did they update her so?

Twin 55k engines in full 'burner.

Don't they know that airframe limits would be reached in dry thrust?

That bird would fly like a fighter.

Did she?

Rolling, turning, climbing, diving.

What of her airframe strength?

Enough? To fly fly fly.

Those Blackjack engines were more than enough for her

to kill Yankee carriers.

As were her original engines.

Backfire could have been the biggest air combat fighter.

Was she close?

Soviet dreams.
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Very nice...
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thanx. based on the russian tupolev 22 backfire. rumour is the indian navy operated 4 off russia but ive never seen photos or reports to verify it. any1 on here able to?
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Don't know Nick if anyone here can....
But this piece is really nice! :)
Keep going
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it was mentioned over a decade ago that india needed 4 backfire bombers for reconnaissance and anti ship patrols. dont ever think they were transferred from russia. unlike the bear bombers.

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