Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4


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Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4

The Tupolev AIMT-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, the TB-4 spanned 54.00m and attained a maximum speed of 200km/h.

Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4

  Take-off weight33280 kg73370 lb
  Empty weight21400 kg47179 lb
  Wingspan54.0 m177 ft 2 in
  Length32.0 m105 ft 0 in
  Height11.7 m38 ft 5 in
  Wing area422.0 m24542.37 sq ft
  Max. speed200 km/h124 mph
  Ceiling2750 m9000 ft
  Range1450 km901 miles
  Range w/max payload775 km482 miles
 ARMAMENT4 x 20mm cannons, 10 x 7.62mm machine-guns, 4000kg of bombs

Tupolev ANT-16 / TB-4A three-view drawing (592 x 202)

Barry, 01.03.2016 12:24

First flown on 3rd July 1933,and with the test programme completed by that September this behemoth showed disappointing results with the two mounted engines performing badly and the wing mounted engines having a considerable amount of power absorbed by the two meter thick wing. The original concept was that speed would not be a major consideration as it would have sufficient armament to look after itself -as if! Only one was produced.


Dalhats Laudzafata Avicena, e-mail, 07.10.2013 10:06

This aircraft were bigger than boeing B-29.


Dalhats, e-mail, 17.08.2013 15:23

If this aircraft is into operational this aircraft well be the largest bomber aircraft until the B-36 arrive.


Sgt.KAR98, 26.05.2010 02:33

Maybe one on the tail too.


Art Deco, 18.07.2009 00:55

Still not as funny as the British Tarrant Tabor. At least it flew, da?


Gristiaan, e-mail, 17.07.2009 23:32

"Vasili! I can't put more engines in wings!"
"Is not problem! Put engines on top, da?"


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