• So many questions…

    – A Russian bomber just happens to become available in Ukraine this week? Coinidence?
    – What the heck does this mean: "It is necessary to make a … prolongation of the data limit."
    – Who sells a Soviet-era bomber, noisiest aircraft ever made, imagines people don't know much about it, and figures a copy/paste of the Wikipedia article will get the job done? Hello? I need ***specific*** information about the condition of ***this*** item, and lots and lots and lots of it.
    – Am I comforted that the seller's other recent items sold include a zirconium sintering furnace and several dental cabinets?
    – Who are likely parties to "Have fun bidding?" on a gigantic, non-op, $3-million bomber?
    – What are the 3 other items bidder "f***e" has bought on eBay?

  • 9000 lb payload figure seemed low, but that could be the payload at maximum range – for shorter but still "useful" ranges I'm seeing 25,000 lb, 20,000 kg (45,000 lb) and there was this one bomb in 1961…

    A Tu-95 carried and dropped the world’s largest nuclear device ever tested, the 50 megaton, 60,000 lb. AN602 Tsar Bomba. The detonation occurred in October of 1961 over the Russian Arctic. A Tu-95 Bear V, specially modified to carry the outsized bomb, delivered the AN602 from an altitude of more than 30,000 feet. The bomb descended using a massive parachute, enabling the Bear to fly nearly 30 miles out of range before detonation. The shockwave from the blast caused the Bear to instantly drop 1,000 meters. The explosion was visible for 160 kms.

  • OK. Let's get two things straight. First, the phrase 'little old lady airmen' is the funniest thing I've heard all day. Second, I would like to place my order for a Soviet Red, Size Medium, T-Shirt with the Gas Nozzle and SIckle emblem. Let me know when it ships and I will provide CC info.

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