In the United States, The Drive challenged the Tu-160 record after the two named aircraft made a non-stop 25-hour flight. It is stated that the American Air Force heavy bombers have previously set airborne records.
The US Air Force keeps track of all the achievements of the B-52 and other strategic aircraft. In 2014, the B-1 Lancer made a non-stop 30-hour flight; in 2001, the B-2 Spirit was in the air for 44 hours. Along with this, there is a record set in 1957 by the B-52 Stratofortress, which stayed in the air for 45 hours. The Drive concluded that the Tu-160 is not the owner of world records for maximum flight range.
Sergey Kobylash, commander of long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces, reported on September 19 that two crews of Tu-160 strategic bombers set a new record for being in the air on aircraft of this model. It was also about the record flight range, on the Tu-160 no one had ever achieved anything like this.