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Tackling technologies like four-engine swing-wing takes a little more experience though, as well as some good command of technologies developed to fly the full-scale and fully crewed type.
My logbooks include five swing-wing airplanes, three float planes, a spy plane, three century-series fighters, two MiGs, three Mirages and three Saab fighters.
In a second sortie, two modern Tu-160 Blackjack swing-wing supersonic jet bombers were spotted flying near Norwegian air space over the Barents Sea.
Amazingly, though, he didn't even flinch when some swing-wing supersonic fighter plane I'd glimpsed earlier roared overhead, very low, at near Mach l.
Iraqi MiG-21 and MiG-23 pilots didn't stand a chance against the big American swing-wing fighter.
The two-seater, with its striking swing-wing doors and styling elements borrowed from the Formula 1 Silver Arrows, builds on the legacy of the famous SLR race cars of the 1950s.
The swing-wing TU-160, Blackjack by NATO classification, is still part of the Russian armed forces.
First flown in 1981, the four-engine, swing-wing Tu-160 resembles the U.
These demonstrator vehicles used a one-piece swing-wing.
The pounds 140m swing-wing B-1 bomber carries a crew of four - a pilot and co-pilot, a bomber and an "offensive systems officer".
The defence boss confirmed that a swing-wing US B-1 warplane had dropped more than 10 bombs on a compound south of Kandahar, believed used by senior Taliban and al-Qaeda men.
But in addition to more than 70 naval aircraft on the Enterprise, the US Air Force has four big swing-wing B-1 bombers based in Oman and some 90 F-15, F-16 and A-10 attack jets based in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.