Aviation Archive - Cold War Bombers

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Cold War Bombers
The world’s deadliest aircraft

FRANCE

MIRAGE IV
France’s ‘pocket bomber’ that could pack a powerful punch

SOVIET UNION

TUPOLEV TU-4 ‘BULL’
The Soviet’s first nuclear bomber

ILYUSHIN IL-28 ‘BEAGLE’
The Cold War’s most numerous bomber type

TUPOLEV TU-16 ‘BADGER’
A sleek and versatile strategic bomber

TUPOLEV TU-95 ‘BEAR’
An iconic Soviet heavyweight

MYASISHCHEV M-4 ‘BISON’
The Soviet’s answer to the B-52

TUPOLEV TU-22 ‘BLINDER’
Futuristic looks but ultimately a failure

TUPOLEV TU-22M ‘BACKFIRE’
The bomber that struck fear in the West

TUPOLEV TU-160 ‘BLACKJACK’
A B-1B Lancer on steroids

UNITED KINGDOM

VICKERS VALIANT
The first of the V-bomber triumvirate

AVRO VULCAN
The UK’s most famous bomber of the Cold War

HANDLEY PAGE VICTOR
The most advanced of the V-bombers

ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA
Mainstay of the UK’s light bomber force given a nuclear capability

BLACKBURN BUCCANEER
The master of low-level attack

UNITED STATES

BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS
The only bomber ever to have dropped a nuclear weapon in anger

BOEING B-36 PEACEMAKER
Not much peace from this 10-engined monster

NORTH AMERICAN B¬45 TORNADO
America’s first jet bomber

BOEING B-50 SUPERFORTRESS
A beefed up B-29

BOEING B-47 STRATOJET
Radical, sleek and fast

BOEING B-52 STRATOFORTRESS
The aircraft that has defied time

CONVAIR B-58 HUSTLER
The first Mach 2 bomber

GENERAL DYNAMICS FB-111
The swing-winger given a nuclear role

ROCKWELL B-1 LANCER
Last of the US Cold War bombers