The TsKB-26 long-range bomber prototype appeared in 1935, a twin-engined metal low-wing monoplane powered by 597kW Gnome-Rhone K14 radials. Demonstrated by test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki on May Day 1936, the prototype went on to establish two world altitude records during July 1936. A second prototype, the TsKB-30 had an enclosed instead of open position for the pilot, Soviet M-85 engines and a metal rear fuselage. The TsKB-30 also broke records and then attracted world interest by flying from Moscow to Canada, where pilot Kokkinaki had to make a wheels up landing on 28 April 1939 after covering a distance of 8000km. By then the bomber had been in production for the Soviet air arm for more than two years. Under the military designation DB-3 it served widely with the ADD (Long-Range Aviation) and the V-MF (Naval Aviation), remaining operational well into the war with Germany, DB-3s being credited with some of the earliest attacks on Berlin. The DB-3 served also with the Finnish air arm between 1940 and 1945, five captured aircraft being augmented by six purchased from German war booty supplies. DB-3 production terminated in 1940 with the 1,528th machine.
| ENGINE||2 x M-87B, 708kW|
| Take-off weight||7660 kg||16887 lb|
| Loaded weight||5270 kg||11618 lb|
| Wingspan||21.44 m||70 ft 4 in|
| Length||14.22 m||47 ft 8 in|
| Height||4.19 m||14 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||65.6 m2||706.11 sq ft|
| Max. speed||445 km/h||277 mph|
| Ceiling||9700 m||31800 ft|
| Range||3800 km||2361 miles|
| ARMAMENT||3 x 7.62mm machine-guns, 2500kg of bombs|
|Anthony Wilkins, 23.09.2010|
A fascinating aircraft I had not previously heard about. Would like to know more
IN CHE ANNO E' STATO COSTRUITO ?
|jean-guy dugas, 08.05.2008|
i need to find a scale model of this aircraft in 48th scale.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?