Tupolev TU-22 Blinder

Supersonic Bomber, Attack, Maritime Patrol and Electronic Countermeasures Aircraft.

Sergey Burdin, Alan Dawes

Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Pen and Sword Large Format Aviation Books
Illustration :
170 b/w & color images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844152414
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526783417
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This historic Russian aircraft was first delivered to the Soviet Air Force at the height of the Cold War in 1961. It remained in service until replaced by the much modified Tu-22M Backfire which was introduced in the early 1970s and still remains in service. It was the first Soviet supersonic bomber and was used for reconnaissance and bombing, in the latter role carrying either conventional or nuclear bombs. The early aircraft had a range of 1,800 miles but later models had a much increased radius of action through the introduction of in-flight refueling.

This book looks at the design and development of the aircraft up to the introduction of the type M Backfire. Details of construction, weapon systems, photo-reconnaissance and jamming equipment are included to cover the several variant models. Operational use is explained and the text includes many firsthand accounts from Russian aircrew of the period. The book will be superbly illustrated by unique official photographs and manuals.


"This is one neat picture album..."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"A detailed examination of the plane and its multitude of variants filled with technical discussion that techy aviation enthusiasts will love."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"I would highly recommend this book to those interested in the Tu-22 itself or Soviet aviation during the Cold War in general."


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