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Russian Empire airship USSR B-1
 
By May 1932, the Russian Empire had built three airship — the USSR B-1, B-2 USSR "Smolny" and the Soviet B-3 "Red Star", which in the main have been set up to implement educational and propaganda operations. The B-1 envelope was 2200 cubic meters / 78,000 cu ft and B-2 5000 cubic meters. The V-1 was designed to pick up passengers without landing. The airships had different engines. The envelope of all 3 airships was made of three-layer rubberized material and had an inner wall that divided the volume of the two equal parts. This partition to reduced transfusion of gas along the envelope for trim of the craft.
 
These three airships performed a series of successful flights on the routes of Leningrad — Moscow — Leningrad, Moscow — Kharkov, etc. The three airship were joined by USSR-4.
 

During The Second World war SSSR-V1 was used for carrying supplies for captive baloon units of Red Army, making more than 900 flights.

 

Engines: 2 x 75hp
Envelope: 2200 cu.m / 78,000 cu ft a
Top speed: 55 mph
Endurance: 12 hr
Crew: 7
 

 

 

 
 


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