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Fastest aircraft, propeller-driven

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  • Who: Tupolev Tu-95/142 'Bear'

  • What: Fastest aircraft, propeller-driven

  • Where: USSR

The former Soviet Tu-95/142 (NATO code-name Bear) long-range bomber is the fastest propeller-driven aircraft in standard production form, with a maximum level speed of Mach 0.82 or 925 km/h (575 mph). First produced in the 1950s, it remains in service with several air forces.

The Bear has four 11,033 kW (14,795 hp) engines, driving eight-blade contra-rotating propellers.


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