The Beriev Be-10 'Mallow' has the
distinction of being the only turbojet-powered flying-boat in the world to have attained true production status. Developed from the R-1, it flew for the first time on 20 July 1956 and was first seen in public on the 1961 Soviet Aviation Day, when four of the type flew past in formation. During that summer, and under the designation M-10, the type established no fewer than 12 world class records. Outstanding among them were a speed record over a 15/25km course of 912km/h, piloted by Nikolai Andrievskii; a speed of 875.86km/h over a 1000km closed circuit with a payload of 5000kg; and an altitude record of 12733m with a 10000kg payload, the latter two records attained with Georgi Buryanov at the controls. The all-metal Be-10 was a high-wing monoplane with sharply sweptback wings; these had considerable anhedral, and incorporated two wing fences and a fixed wing-tip stabilising float on each wing. Armament comprised two 23mm NS-23 cannon in the nose, plus two more operated under radar control in a tail barbette.
| ENGINE||2 x Lyul'ka AL-7PB turbojets, 6500kg each|
| Take-off weight||46500 kg||102515 lb|
| Empty weight||24100 kg||53132 lb|
| Wingspan||22.3 m||73 ft 2 in|
| Length||31.1 m||102 ft 0 in|
| Wing area||111.8 m2||1203.40 sq ft|
| Max. speed||912 km/h||567 mph|
| Ceiling||14962 m||49100 ft|
| Range||4800 km||2983 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4 x 23mm cannon, 2000kg of weapons|
|A three-view drawing (800 x 448)|
Imagine a group of these fitted with anti-ship missiles.
|Cliff O'Hearne, 09.04.2010|
The Martin P6M, also developed in the 1950s, was another early jet powered hull aircraft. It too had an anhedral wing with wingtip floats. But it was a much higher performance plane. It was transonic. It was cancelled with about 14 planes in production about 1958. Martin called the wing down angle 'cathedral' rather than 'anhedral'.
What an awsome striking looking aircraft! you can almost imagine it streaking fast and low over the tundra, leaving a wonderful smoke trail in its wake. Then it makes a steep turn before zooming back to altitude.It probably never happened, but hey what's an imagination for!!!
|James Staley, 18.10.2009|
Wouldn't this be impressive as a /172nd scale kit!!
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