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Tupolev Tu-44 Backbone bomber by Bispro Tupolev Tu-44 Backbone bomber by Bispro
The bomber version of the Tupolev Tu-144 was known variously as the Tu-144B (Tupolev designation), the Tu-44 (official designation) or the "Backbone" (NATO reporting name). It was built in 10 examples and flew in highest secrecy throughout the 80s from various bases across the Soviet Union...

"None of the above is true. Don't believe everything you read!!"

© Stéphane Beaumort / AviaDesign 2011
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Hm. Looks like something between Tupolev's Tu-144 and Sukhoy's T-4.
edwardio1973 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Awesome...Love the NATO code names :-)

Bispro Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Ha! Glad you noticed and appreciated! I make a conscious effort on all these little details...
MrThomasAndCartman Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
This is an amazing photo of the TU-144 whether or not it's retouched! Though I am curious about something....The digital paint scheme somehow seems a little flatter and not quite as well blended in as you usually do...was this intentional or a work in progress maybe? Just asking because while this is indeed a wonderful picture, it just seems to be not quite up to your usual standards.

Please don't get me wrong still looks great and is a grand idea! :)
Bispro Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thanks for the critical input. The original photo of the Tu-144 had it sitting on a different setting, with lots of other aircraft in the background... I completely changed that. Wish I could present the original pics next to the work for comparison, but that would be a lot of work...

As for the less impressive finish (i.e. "flatter" paint scheme) I absolutely agree with you. This is not quite up to the usual standards, but I found it very hard to make it any darker or more contrasted without losing on some of the details. Also the fact that I had to erase all the windows and markings makes for a duller airframe as well...

Thanks once again!
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Hi! :) Thanks back for your expanded info about this image. Very interesting indeed! :) I never would have guessed that the entire background for this plane was changed and that there originally was more aircraft in the background. This is a big surprise to me! :) And here I mistakenly thought You had taken a very nice stock photo and digitally painted over just the aircraft. My Bad indeed! And great work to you that all I could see to question was just the plane itself. I do understand and appreciate even more the work you DID do with this. No worries about what you did or didn't do really, as for me this really more just a point of curiosity rather than anything poorly thought of your work.
Bispro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Mimikios Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Photographer
What can I say...except good stuff!
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