Ilyushin DB-3


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Ilyushin DB-3

The TsKB-26 long-range bomber prototype appeared in 1935, a twin-engined metal low-wing monoplane powered by 597kW Gnome-Rhone K14 radials. Demonstrated by test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki on May Day 1936, the prototype went on to establish two world altitude records during July 1936. A second prototype, the TsKB-30 had an enclosed instead of open position for the pilot, Soviet M-85 engines and a metal rear fuselage. The TsKB-30 also broke records and then attracted world interest by flying from Moscow to Canada, where pilot Kokkinaki had to make a wheels up landing on 28 April 1939 after covering a distance of 8000km. By then the bomber had been in production for the Soviet air arm for more than two years. Under the military designation DB-3 it served widely with the ADD (Long-Range Aviation) and the V-MF (Naval Aviation), remaining operational well into the war with Germany, DB-3s being credited with some of the earliest attacks on Berlin. The DB-3 served also with the Finnish air arm between 1940 and 1945, five captured aircraft being augmented by six purchased from German war booty supplies. DB-3 production terminated in 1940 with the 1,528th machine.

Ilyushin DB-3

 ENGINE2 x M-87B, 708kW
  Take-off weight7660 kg16887 lb
  Loaded weight5270 kg11618 lb
  Wingspan21.44 m70 ft 4 in
  Length14.22 m47 ft 8 in
  Height4.19 m14 ft 9 in
  Wing area65.6 m2706.11 sq ft
  Max. speed445 km/h277 mph
  Ceiling9700 m31800 ft
  Range3800 km2361 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.62mm machine-guns, 2500kg of bombs

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Anthony Wilkins, 23.09.2010 15:27

A fascinating aircraft I had not previously heard about. Would like to know more


PAOLO, e-mail, 17.03.2010 17:57



jean-guy dugas, e-mail, 08.05.2008 16:11

i need to find a scale model of this aircraft in 48th scale.


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