Beriev LL-143
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Beriev LL-143

Development of a large maritime reconnaissance and bombing flying-boat was initiated by the Beriev design bureau in 1943, and the Beriev LL-143 prototype flew for the first time on 6 September 1945. An all-metal high-wing monoplane, it was powered by two 1492kW Shvetsov ASh-72 radial engines. Armament comprised twin NS-23 23mm cannon in a tail turret (behind the twin fins and rudders) and similar provision in a remotely controlled dorsal barbette. A single NS-23 cannon was installed in the bow turret.

The LL-143 was developed into the Beriev Be-6 production aircraft

Beriev LL-143A three-view drawing (800 x 554)

    Take-off weight21300 kg46959 lb
    Empty weight15110 kg33312 lb
    Wingspan33.0 m108 ft 3 in
    Length23.0 m75 ft 6 in
    Height7.5 m25 ft 7 in
    Wing area120.0 m21291.67 sq ft
    Max. speed371 km/h231 mph
    Ceiling6000 m19700 ft
    Range5100 km3169 miles

Steve Anderson, 04.12.2006

Hello from Canada, Great site, Russian airplane's I didn't know existed. Have you ever seen Beriev air-craft in Estonia? Steve

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