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The Soviet Union's First All Metal Airplane

Posted November 14, 2007 11:08 PM by M&M_aero
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Seventy five years ago this month, the Soviet Union introduced its first all-metal airplane, the Tupolev ANT-14. Built of noncorrosive steel by the Central Aero-Hydro Dynamic Institute for use on the Moscow-Vladivostok air route, the 36-passenger plane had a wingspan of 134 ft. 6 in. and was 85 ft. 3 in. long.

To help the Tupolev ANT-14 achieve an operational ceiling of 4,220 m, five air-cooled, radial engines produced 480 hp each. With an empty weight of 10,650 kg and a maximum take-off weight of 17,146 kg, the all-metal aircraft could fly at a maximum speed of 147 mph, and had a range of 746 miles. Before being grounded in 1941, the ANT-14 carried over 40,000 passengers and served as the flagship of the Soviet propaganda squadron.

Although there is some information about the Tupolev ANT-14 on the World Wide Web, little of it is in English. Do you know something more about this aircraft? If so, please let us know by commenting on this story.

Resources:

http://www.aviastar.org/air/russia/ant-14.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_ANT-14

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Re: The Soviet Union's First All Metal Airplane

11/15/2007 8:02 AM

Hey...maybe that could replace the Nimrod ?

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11/16/2007 7:59 AM

On May 18, 1935 the Maxim Gorky (pilots - I.V.Mikheyev and I.S.Zhurov) and three more planes (Tupolev ANT-14, R-5 and I-5) took off for a demonstration flight over Moscow. The Maxim Gorky soon crashed into a residential neighborhood as a result of a loop maneuver around its wing, performed by an accompanying I-5 fighter (pilot - Nikolai Blagin), which would break the wing apart. As a result, 45 people died, including crew members and 33 family members of some of those who had built the airplane. The authorities announced, that it was an unplanned loop of a reckless pilot, however it is suggested now, that it might have been a planned part of the show, and Blagin was made a scapegoat afterwards. Blagin died as well, though his name lived on in the term Blaginism, roughly meaning "cocky disregard of authority."

Nice, I learned a new word- blaginism... I know I'll find a use for that

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