Tupolev Tu-98

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Role Bomber
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Tupolev
First flight 1956
Number built 1

The Tupolev Tu-98 (NATO reporting name Backfin) was a prototype swept wing jet bomber developed by Tupolev for the Soviet Union.

Design and development[edit]

The Tu-98 emerged from a program for a fast supersonic bomber to replace the Tupolev Tu-16. It was powered by two Lyulka AL-7 turbojet engines with side-mounted intakes high on the fuselage (above the wingroot). The Tu-98 was built in 1955 and first flown in 1956.[1] It was shown to an American delegation at the Tushino airfield outside Moscow in June 1956,[2] but it subsequently did not enter service, and only the single prototype was completed.[3]

The basic design of the Tu-98 had a great influence on the subsequent prototype of the Tupolev Tu-28 interceptor, officially known as the Tu-128 (NATO codename 'Fiddler').[4]

Specifications (Tu-98)[edit]

[5] General characteristics



See also[edit]

  • [1] French language - with specifications
  • [2] Russian language
  • [3] Alex Stoll with pictures


  1. ^ "Tupolev Tu-98 1956". aviastar.org. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Stoll, Alex. "Tupolev Tu-98 "Backfin"". AlexStoll.com. Alex Stoll. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Writer, Staff. "Tupolev Tu-98 (Backfin) Strategic Bomber (1956) - Only a single prototype of the Tupolev Tu-98 Backfin bomber was ever completed.". MilitaryFactory.com. Military Factory 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Kandalov, Paul Duffy ; Andrei (1996). Tupolev : the man and his aircraft. Warrendale, PA: SAE Internat. p. 138. ISBN 1560918993. 
  5. ^ Writer, Staff. "Tupolev Tu-98 (Backfin) Strategic Bomber (1956)". MilitaryFactory.com. 2014 MilitaryFactory.com. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
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