Russian “Backfire” Bomber Breaks Up Upon Landing

The Tupolev TU-22M3 is the latest update to a cruise missile carrier that has been around since the 1960s.

Called the “Backfire” by NATO forces, one such aircraft attempted a landing recently in bad weather in Murmansk, Russia.

The plane hits the runway at the 1:20 mark. Watch


25 Comments on Russian “Backfire” Bomber Breaks Up Upon Landing

  1. I get the feeling there is a LOT of HYPE about Russia’s military capabilities but that we could wipe their military out in like a week or so.
    China, on the other hand, really is quickly approaching parity

  2. While the plane was old (although apparently recently updated) it sure looks like massive pilot error coming waaaay too fast, didn’t see the runway in a timely fashion and couldn’t abort. RIP the pilots that lost their lives.

  3. From Wikipedia: “The Tu-22M suffered from widespread maintenance issues during its service with the Soviet forces. These stemmed from poor manufacturing quality. The engines and airframes in particular had low service lives.[27] The Air Force at one point sought to prosecute Tupolev for allegedly rushing the inadequate designs of the Tu-22M and the Tu-160 into service.”

  4. Maybe the biggest advantage we have over Russia and China is our CAD developers. Pro E seems to be the favorite tool for our military primes. They can design, run diagnostics, and fly it before the first part is machined. Cool stuff.

  5. @Anonymous JANUARY 27, 2019 AT 1:33 PM
    “Came in too fast”

    From the aforementioned Wiki article:

    “Its landing speed was some 100 km/h (60 mph) greater than previous bombers and it had a tendency to pitch up and strike its tail upon landing. It was difficult to fly, and had poor all-round visibility.” ‘

    Although it was later on “improved”, it was/is still a POS.

  6. So much for Winter being Mother Russia’s best friend.
    The plane shows a drastic failure along station lines.
    Forward and aft of the wing is a frame, circle of steel, holds the wing, fuselage and landing gear together.
    Where the aluminum skin meets the steel, a point of possible weakness.
    Cold, age, poor maintenance, snap, crackle, pop.
    It will open up like a zipper, and it did.

  7. @BB, in my career, I went from pen and ink on vellum to Catia CAD.
    When I left they were transitioning to the more powerful platform of Catia that works as you describe.
    You can design a part and do the 4Fs sitting there at your station.
    4Fs, fit, form, function, failure.

  8. OpenTheDoor

    Behavioral Modeling. Pro E stoled the show early with Bi Directional Associativity.
    My parent met work at North American Aviation working on the B1. Considered a fairly new airframe. That was back in the 50’s. They could probably get the same air frame designed, tested and built in a couple years now. Those slide rules were slow man.

  9. A toast to those poor Russian bus drivers. It’s peacetime. Those deaths were unnecessary.

    Also, turning the robot voice off and playing the Benny Hill music over the video is totes awesome.

  10. @BB, Those slide rules were slow man.
    You had a big damn room full of engineers doing the work that a 6 man team does now.
    Damn white engineers, invented themselves out of a job.

  11. OpenTheDoor

    I still have a slide rule in my box. My youngest son spotted it a couple weeks back and asked, what this. So I started showing how to use it and after about 5 minutes I got the big “Screw that”, my computer figures all that shit out for me. I’ve always been a firm believer in understanding every aspect of that biz. Clearly the younger generation lacks PATIENCE.
    Here’s a thought. You and I both watched that CAD/CAM revolution take place during the Clinton Administration, thru the Bush Admin. Imagine what our economy could have achieved if those two idiots weren’t trying to give all of our technology to China. A lot of wasted pesos there.

  12. It wasn’t the weather or approach, i believe it was poor design, poor instrumentation, and metal fatigue.

    Many, many times flew into Prudhoe Bay where the ice fog was so thick or the ground blizzard so inrense you couldn’t see the run way until right before touchdown.

  13. Cold air is thicker. That bus could have glided over the runway using ground effect. Boris had information saturation and didn’t pay attention to the several and various klaxons warning him of airspeed and altitude.

    .45 you make my stomach do flip flops. Fug that. Only if I’m getting paid to do it. We have sunshine in Arizona. It’s a pleasure to fly here.

  14. Aaron –

    Well of course I was getting paid. I’m not stupid enough to get in a plane wreck for free.



  15. 1 We got us some killer tech at
    Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville,AL.
    2 Both my parents used slide rules at
    Northeastern University in Boston to
    obtain BS degrees in chemical engineering.

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