Soviet Aviation

The story of a Soviet gun that kept destroying its own aircraft

GSh-6-30, the Soviet counterpart to the American GAU-8, was immensely powerful... As long as it did not blow up the aircraft that carried it....


Myasishchev M-25: Soviet plane that would kill with sound | Best of 2020

Most combat aircraft fall into one of several conventional categories: fighter, bomber, ground attack airplane. The M-25 did not....


Post-Soviet wide-body Neverland. Part 2: Superjumbos

The logic behind the design of larger and larger airplanes was solid. Hub-and-spoke model was proven and effective, with smaller airports ferrying their passengers to larger ones, and those – hubs – being connected amongst each other by wide-body airliners. You can’t increase an amount of aircraft landing and taking off at a hub simultaneously, therefore, you have to increase the capacity of an aircraft. READ MORE:   Post...


Post-Soviet wide-body Neverland. Part 1: Twinjets

There is a reason why wide-body airliners have an aura of prestige around them. Many of them offer comfort and luxury rivaled only by business jets or fly to the world’s most prestigious destinations. They are some of the largest and farthest-flying aircraft ever, constituting tremendous engineering achievements, built only by a handful of elite manufacturers. Engineers within the Soviet Union tried to develop larger and larger jet airliner...


When Soviets Almost Beat The West: The Tupolev Tu-104

As the de Havilland Comet went through hard times and other manufacturers raced to present their own jet-powered aircraft, the Soviets beat them to it with the Tupolev Tu-104. But did they?...