This is coolbert:
Regarding those long-range strategic bomber aircraft as designed in the years immediately subsequent to the end of the Second World War the comments of an acknowledged aviation expert:
"The Tu-95 [Soviet] has its flaws related to the time and era. The B-52 [American] had five major flaws (coming from the same time frame):
1. The controls were not hydraulically boosted.
2. Manual fuel systems.
3. No autopilot.
4. No fuel dump system.
5. No ergonomic cockpits/panel layouts."
A good plan [project] now is better than a perfect plan [project] tomorrow! AND WE NEED IT [LONG-RANGE MANNED BOMBER] NOW WAS THE ATTITUDE OF SAC AND SOVIET LONG RANGE AVIATION!
Tu-95 and B-52 NOT EASY WARPLANES TO FLY.
Also that Tu-95 having a civilian version with a most outstanding safety record. This was the Tu-114:
"In 14 years of civilian service, the Tu-114 was reported to have a high level of safety and reliability. The Tu-114 carried over six million passengers before being replaced . . . Some 32 aircraft were built . . . in the early 1960s."
"During its service life the Tu-114 gained an enviable safety record (probably unmatched for its era) with only one fatal (but non-airborne) accident."