Tupolev Tu-144 Prototype: Hет !!!

Aviaexport V/O, then and now, engages in the export of civilian aircraft related products from the USSR, now the Russian Federation.

As we can see in this advertisement, they tried to sell their problematic Tu-144 from the very beginning. There were no takers.


Beriev KOR-2 (Be-4): Enough, yet not enough.

The KOR-2 was a reconnaissance flying boat pushed forward in 1939 to replace the household problematic KOR-1. Starting really from zero, Beriev chose to design a totally different aircraft: a flying boat instead of a floatplane. First flown in the fall of 1940, the KOR-2 soon proved to be what the doctor ordered. Sadly, the production was just starting when the Germans invaded the USSR. Its production suffered the interruptions of evacuation and the paucity of the type demand by the Soviet Navy. They served mainly in the Baltic both land and cruiser-based recon roles. Only about 47 were built, the last one in 1945….less than fifty in four years. Must be a record.

Lovely photo of a possible “Cruiser-borne” KOR-2. It was that gorgeous.

Yakovlev UT-1: Resting Places (XII).

The ultra cute UT-1 was a decently aerobatic advanced single-seat trainer operated, mainly, by the Soviet AF’s VVS during the late 1930’s-early 1940’s period. Well-liked and sturdy, some of them even were hastily armed at the start of WW2, but that was only a temporary measure. The total of 1,241 produced were mainly employed as “military pilot makers”.

A suitably all-red painted example exhibited inside the incredible Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment, Arkhangelskoye (Moscow).

Polikarpov I-17 (TsKB-15): Art Deco in Red.

After his epoch-making I-16, Polikarpov was decided to achieve higher speeds with its next fighter project. In order to do that he chose the slicker water-cooled inline engine instead of the I-16 trusty air-cooled radial. The basic I-17 platform was similar to his previous rotund fighter, but thanks to the inline engine the fuselage cross-section was reduced to the minimum; quite similar to some “speed-seekers” of that era. First flown in September 1934, the design proved to be fast yet not promising enough. Only 3 prototypes were produce plus a few variants studies. Curiously this pretty things were though to be in service with the Soviet AF in early WW2 and were “shot down” in huge numbers by the Germans…

Magnificent 3-view drawing of the 1st prototype, the TsKB-15. With its imported 760hp Hispano-Suiza 12 Ybrs it attained a maximum speed of 455km/h.