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TB-3 / SPB

Long Range Bomber/SPB sistem with I-16

Tupolev

The TB-3 of Khalkin Gol incident at summer 1939. © Michael Bykov

The TB-3 of Khalkin Gol incident at summer 1939.

Long range bomber TB-3. The «Zveno» («Flight») SPB system with I-16 fighters of Vakhmistrov.

TB-3/SPB Specification
TB-3 SPB
Crew 4 8+2
Year of issue 1935 1937
Dimensions
Length, m 25.1 m (82 ft 4 in) 24.4 m (80 ft ½ in)
Wing span, m 41.8 m (137 ft 2 in) 41.8 m (137 ft 2 in)
Wing area 234.5 m² (2,524 ft²) 234.5 m² (2,524 ft²)
Weight:
Empty weight 12,585 kg (27,745 lb)  
Loaded weight 18,877 kg (41,638 lb) 22,000 kg* (48,500 lb*)
Powerplant
Engine M-34RN M-34RN
Power, h.p. 4x900 4x900
Performance
Maximum speed at sea level 245 km/h (152 ml/h) 230 km/h (143 ml/h)
at altitude, km/h 288 km/h (179 ml/h) 268 km/h (166 ml/h)
H 3000 m (9,842 ft) 3000 m (9,842 ft)
Service ceiling 7740 m (25,393 ft)  
Service range 960 km (597 ml) 700 km (435 ml)
Armament
Bombs 3000 kg (6,614 lb) 4х 250 kg (4x 551 lb)
Machine guns: DA 7.62-mm ( .30 in) 4 5

* - The engines of the I-16 worked during take-off and in flight.

Photo Description

Drawing TB-3 with M-17F engines

The «Zveno» («Flight») SPB system with I-16.

The «Zveno» («Flight»). SPB system with I-16 fighters of Vakhmistrov.

TB-3 in flight

Oleg Lisachev collection

References

  • "The history of designs of planes in USSR 1938-1950" /Vadim Shavrov/
  • "Planes of Stalin falcons" /Konstantin Kosminkov and Dmitriy Grinyuk/
  • "aviAMaster #8 1984 " /Al. Medved, Dmitriy Khazanov/
  • "Soviet aircrafts " /V.E. Judenok/

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