A Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” refuels from a Ilyushin Il-78 “Midas”.
The Tu-160 was introduced in 1987 in response to the American B-1 bomber. the B-1, however, was considered by some in the U.S military to already be obsolete, due to the ineffectiveness of hi speed, low level tactics against Soviet air defense. It’s swing-wing design and overall airframe layout has a striking resemblance to the B-1, although it is much larger.
A Russian Search and Rescue helicopter arrives as the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft lands with Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.