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Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4

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In May 1933 Tupolev's TB-6 (ANT-16) six-engined bomber succeeded the TB-3 as the world's largest landplane. The Tupolev ANT-16 or TB-4 was a super-heavy bomber powered by six 619kW M-34 engines, two of them mounted in tandem above the fuselage. Armament comprised two 20mm cannon and 10 machine-guns, plus a maximum bombload of 10000kg.

First flown on 3 July 1933, performance was so poor that the Soviet government declined further support for Tupolev's large aircraft. It did not go into production, but served as the prototype of the even larger eight-engined ANT-20 Maxim Gorki, built to commemorate the great Soviet writer's fortieth anni-versary.

TB-4
Engines: 6 x AM-34R
Max take-off weight: 33280 kg / 73370 lb
Empty weight: 21400 kg / 47179 lb
Wingspan: 54.0 m / 177 ft 2 in
Length: 32.0 m / 105 ft 0 in
Height: 11.7 m / 38 ft 5 in
Wing area: 422.0 sq.m / 4542.37 sq ft
Max. speed: 200 km/h / 124 mph
Ceiling: 2750 m / 9000 ft
Range: 1450 km / 901 miles
Range w/max.payload: 775 km / 482 miles
Armament: 4 x 20mm cannons, 10 x 7.62mm machine-guns
Bombload: 4000kg
Crew: 12

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Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4



 

 


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