Tupolev ANT-25 / RD


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Tupolev ANT-25 / RD

The first prototype flew on June 22, 1933. On June 18-20, 1937 RD piloted by Chkalov, Baidukov and Beljakov flew non-stop from Moscow to Portland (USA), covering 9130km in 63 hours and 25 minutes. On July 12-14, 1937 RD piloted by Gromov, Yumashev and Danilin flew non-stop from Moscow to San Jacinto (USA), covering 11500km in 62 hours and 17 minutes. A total of 2 aircraft were built, followed by 20 ANT-36s.

Tupolev ANT-25 / RD

 ENGINE1 x M-34,
  Take-off weight11500 kg25353 lb
  Empty weight4200 kg9259 lb
  Wingspan34.0 m112 ft 7 in
  Length13.9 m46 ft 7 in
  Height5.5 m18 ft 1 in
  Wing area87.9 m2946.15 sq ft
  Max. speed210 km/h130 mph
  Cruise speed165 km/h103 mph
  Ceiling7000 m22950 ft
  Range w/max.fuel13000 km8078 miles

Tupolev ANT-25 / RDA three-view drawing (592 x 509)

John Goldsmith, e-mail, 27.04.2013 19:07

The book "Russia's Shortcut To Fame - a 50 year hoax exposed" by Robert J Morrison, provides convincing evidence that the ANT-25 was in reality a lightly modified (French) Dewoitine Trait d'Union D33, and that the supposed record flight to the USA was a con, flown from an island off Alaska while radio transmissions pretended to trace progress over the pole. He is adamant that the aircraft fuel tanks were far too small to achieve the record flight.


Bob Barnett, e-mail, 11.06.2011 17:36

In 1937 the aircraft landed at Pearson Air Parkin Vancouver, Washington USA (across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.


Richard L. Holmes, e-mail, 08.09.2007 03:46

I have a photography (and negative) of the ANT-25 my mother took in 1937 when the plane landed near Hemet, Calif., near March AFB. The photo was taken with a Kodak Box Camera.
(submitted 9-7-07.


George Ulicny, e-mail, 30.03.2007 03:00

Beautiful aircraft. Are plans or blueprints available for this aircraft ? What was the wing spar made from ? An aluminum I bean, perhaps ? Thanks, George


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