The flight crew crews of the Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers performed scheduled flights in low temperatures in the Saratov region, Russia. During the flight shift, the specialists of the engineering staff worked out the standards for training aircraft at sub-zero temperatures. Special attention was paid to the operation of de-icing systems, as well as all control systems. The flight duration of the Russian Aerospace Forces Long-Range Aviation Tu-95MS was more than 10 hours.
The long-range aviation crew worked out takeoffs and landings, passing over the runway at low and extremely low altitude, flying along the route and tasks of navigation support for flights. Long-Range Aviation (Aviatsiya dal’nego deystviya or ADD) was the branch of the Soviet Air Forces and Russian Air Force tasked with long-range bombardment of strategic targets with nuclear weapons. During the Cold War, it was the counterpart to the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force.
The Tupolev Tu-95 (NATO reporting name: “Bear”) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Aerospace Forces until at least 2040. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today. The Tu-95 is one of the loudest military aircraft, particularly because the tips of the propeller blades move faster than the speed of sound. Its distinctive swept-back wings are set at an angle of 35°. The Tu-95 is unique as a propeller-driven aircraft with swept wings that has been built in large numbers.