Su-34 Fullback

H/T to Steeljaw Scribe for tweeting a link to the vids.

The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is Russian Air Force’s successor to the Su-24 Fencer in the long range strike role. It recently made its combat debut in Syria, making strikes against forces opposing Russia’s long time ally, Assad.

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Cutaway Thursday: IL-76MF "Candid"

Apologies to reader but I’ve been a little overwhelmed with other (read personal) things over the past few weeks. Anyway this week’s cutaway is Ilyushin’s IL-76 (NATO codenamed “Candid”).

The Candid first flew 2 days ago in 1971 and is the primary tactical transport aircraft for Russian military forces. Quite a few Candids were involved in moving Russian forces to Crimea and continues to support Russian forces in theater.

IL-76 CutawayYou can learn more about the IL-76 here.