Designed by World War I aviator Konstantin Kalinin with a wingspan
greater than a B-52's and a much greater wing area, the K-7 was one of
the biggest aircraft built before the jet age. It was only one engine short of
the B-52 as well, having the curious arrangement of six pulling on the wing
leading edge and one pushing at the rear.
The K-7's very brief first flight showed up instability and serious vibration
caused by the airframe resonating with the engine frequency. The solution to
this 'flutter' was thought to be to shorten and strengthen the tail booms, little
being known then about the natural frequencies of structures and their
response to vibration. On the 11th flight, during a speed test, the port
tailboom vibrated, fractured, jammed the elevator and caused the giant
aircraft to plough into the ground, killing 15.
Undaunted by this disaster, Kalinin's team began construction of two
further K-7s in a new factory, but the vicissitudes of Stalin's Russia
saw the project abandoned, and in 1938 the arrest and execution
of Kalinin on trumped up espionage and sabotage charges.
Jim Winchester "The World's Worst Aircraft", 2005
|A three-view drawing (800 x 964)|
| ENGINE||7 x M34F, 550kW|
| Take-off weight||38000 kg||83776 lb|
| Empty weight||24400 kg||53793 lb|
| Wingspan||53.0 m||174 ft 11 in|
| Length||28.0 m||92 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||454.0 m2||4886.81 sq ft|
| Max. speed||234 km/h||145 mph|
| Cruise speed||180 km/h||112 mph|
| Ceiling||4000 m||13100 ft|
| Range||3030 km||1883 miles|
the soviets built this plane just in case they had to take on chuck norris.
|Mr R. Braga, 07.11.2011|
Looks like something out of H.G.Well's "War of the Worlds"
or the illustrative aerial creations by Bruce Mccall's "Zany Afternoons". I have no doubts this aircraft could have flown (minus the cannons) eventually with all its faults ironed out. Probably best flown with the pilots and crew wearing brown corduroy trousers. What a sight it would have made at air shows.
See, Mel, I think that's the point these other guys were making: those pix are fake. They're hilarious, but totally fictional.
I seen the bogus pictures of this airplane, they look like something from the science fiction movie "Wings Over The World"
|yakov smirnoff, 26.04.2011|
In Russia, the planes execute you...
"Uncle Joe" Stalin had a very poor sense of humor! Violent man.
|Bill Warner, 17.12.2010|
What a "fun" project! Maybe Kalinin missed the engineering class where they discussed Newton's third law? I think the cannon may have come off the Potemkin.
There needs to be some accurate dimentions on this. I've seen it vary through several pages.
Why are there all sorts of fake images of the K-7 if you Google it?!?
Too bad the real one crashed - during a high speed test, one of the tailbooms fluttered, jammed the elevator, and kept the aircraft in the dive. 15 died.
If you like this aircraft, check out the Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorki - the ultimate propaganda machine!
Too bad Konstntin Kalinin could not have defected to the West B4 Stalin had him off'ed. Look at the contributions Mr. Sikorski made to air flight in his lifetime.
|jimmy neutron, 01.02.2010|
it has wrong engine duh!!!! lol hi peace
|Patsy Elders, 29.01.2010|
Thanks guys for the heads up. I just received the picture of the fake one. Looks awesome, but it is not real.
|George Silberbauer, 05.01.2010|
If all those guns were fired at the same time the poor old dear would snap into a really spectacular stall, despite the momentum of those 38000-odd kgs. (It could get tricky even on a Spitfire Mk XII and only 8 .303's if you didn't have enough on the ASI.)Mind you, with that very low aspect-ratio wing, she may simply have mushed and wallowed horribly.
|Trevor de Varyer, Australia, 31.10.2009|
It is interesting that in Bill Gunston's book "Back to the Drawing Board", there is aa photo of a full scale mock-up with a different engine arrangement of the completed example. It is photographed with the same background as one of the photos of the completed aircraft.
|William Robison, 16.09.2009|
Why aren't there photos of it in flight?? I wonder if it
actually ever got airborne....
|tom friedman, 10.09.2009|
if it's ugly & boxy it's either russian or french!!
Sorry, a B-52s wingspan was 185 feet, which is 11 feet, one inch longer than the K-7s. Trust me, I piloted B-52s for nearly nine years.
|OH Minto, 05.05.2009|
I found some nice pictures of it. It's beautiful I would I could live in one.
clearly no canons like battle ships according to these pictures
|Tomas K. Hoiaas, 07.04.2009|
Hi, Folks !!
A fev days ago I got an E-mail from a Norwegian friend,showing a BIG Kalinin K-7.Somewhere later I read something saying;"This aircraft is not the real K-7".Could you tell me if this is right ? Greatings from: Tom in Brazil.....
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?
FACTS AND FIGURES
© The K-7 was one of the
first metal aircraft with a
© As originally designed the
K-7 was to have engines in
the undercarriage sponsons.
As completed the bomber
had gun positions, the bomb
load and an internal staircase
as well as two large wheels in
each massive sponson.
© The K-7's control surfaces
were all deflected by the use
of large trim tab surfaces
mounted on struts.
© The K-7 was said to have
had a pilot, 18 crew
members and one passenger
when it crashed, killing all
but five crew. It is not clear
what they all did, but no
doubt tending to the engines
was a full-time task.