The Tupolev ANT-22 or MK-1 with six 619kW M-34R engines was a long-range bomber reconnaissance flying-boat, its twin-hull design clearly inspired by the Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.55. Test flown for the first time on 8 August 1934, it established several weight-to-height world records in December 1936, but was abandoned soon afterwards. Armament comprised eight 7.7mm ShKAS machine-guns, one 20mm cannon and a bombload of up to 6000kg. The MK-1 spanned 51.00m and had a maximum speed of 223km/h.
|A three-view drawing (660 x 654)|
| ENGINE||6 x AM-34R,|
| Take-off weight||33560 kg||73988 lb|
| Wingspan||51.0 m||167 ft 4 in|
| Length||24.1 m||79 ft 1 in|
| Height||6.4 m||21 ft 0 in|
| Max. speed||230 km/h||143 mph|
| Ceiling||3500 m||11500 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 20mm cannons, 6 x 12.7mm machine-guns, 6000kg of bombs|
Some bomb load for 1934 6000kg or 13,200lb, I don't think so!
ShKAS machine-guns, one 20mm cannon and a bombload of up to 6000kg. The MK-1 spanned 51.00m and had a maximum speed of 223km/h.
Tupolev ANT-22 / MK-1
Propably, the main task of this huge flying boats was carrying of midget submarines hereabouts enemies harbours.
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