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Beriev Be-30



The Beriev Be-30 short-haul transport is the first landplane to be designed and developed by the Beriev design bureau. Seen publicly for the first time at the Soviet Aviation Day display at Domodedovo in 1967, it also appeared at the 1969 Paris Air Show. Designated Be-30, and allocated the NATO codename 'Cuff', it was reported to have flown for the first time on 3 March 1967. A high-wing monoplane, the Be-30 was of all-metal structure and introduced features such as metal bonding, spot welding, and the use of stiffened skin panels of light alloy honeycomb. The retractable tricycle landing gear incorporated stalky main units, retracting into the rear of the engine nacelles. Power-plant of the prototype consisted of two 552kW Shvetsov ASh-21 radial piston engines, but two Glushenkov TVD-10 turboprops were used to power the very small number of production aircraft. Accommodation was provided for a crew of two and 14 passengers, and features included air-conditioning and blind-flying equipment that incorporated an autopilot and an automatic approach system.

Engines; two Glushenkov TVD-10 turboprops
Pax cap: 14


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