1972 ... TU 22M 'Backfire' bomber USSR

... here's one that has made the US and NATO nervous for decades. This Russian, swing-wing strategic bomber is capable of supersonic flight. Arguments and controversy
about it's true range have made it an important chess-piece in arms reduction talks.
Present day 'Backfire's have had their re-fueling probes removed, keeping them in the stable of Russia's 'intermediate range' bombers. A very formidable aircraft.

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