The Tu-95 BEAR was perhaps the most successful bomber produced by Soviet aviation, enjoying long service in a variety of roles and configurations. It was the only bomber deployed by any country to use turbo-prop engines, which provided extraordinarily long endurance at speeds only slightly less than comparable turbojet-powered heavy bombers. Commissioned in 1955 and expected to serve until 2040.
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