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  • The 'Flying Tank'

    Hey amvas, you or someone else may know something about this...

    There are reports and rumors of the Soviets slapping wings on a tank and flying it sometime in 1930.
    Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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    Re: The 'Flying Tank'

    Originally posted by Jim H. Moreno
    Hey amvas, you or someone else may know something about this...

    There are reports and rumors of the Soviets slapping wings on a tank and flying it sometime in 1930.
    Yep, it's true. I even have its pictures. It was Antonov's glider, making possible a tank to fly :thumb:
    It was considered to be T-60 tank to be equipped with the wings.
    The work have been finished in the second half of 1941 and was stopped due to the lack of a powerfull towing plane. As the most powerful soviet plane was Pe-8, being built in 79 planes only...
    If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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    • #3
      Just proves that old saying:

      Put a big enough engine on it, and anything'll fly.:P
      Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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      • #4
        Specifications....

        Originally posted by Tigersqn
        Just proves that old saying:

        Put a big enough engine on it, and anything'll fly.:P



        The glider was ordered in the end of 1941. First flight was performed in late 1942 (S. Anokhin pilot) having a towing plane - TB-3.
        TB-3 shoed to be too weak for this glider, but the idea did work!
        If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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        • #5
          Unfortunately I don't have much info on it:

          KT, A-T, or A-40: In 1942 a vehicle chassis was fitted with wings, a double tail, and was towed by a TB-3 bomber as a glider.

          T60

          Great drawings there!

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          • #6
            Placing material, provided by Sven with some my specifications



            One of the most interesting projects, created on the base of tank T -60, is glider "KT" (wings of tank) of design bureau O. K. Antonova. Project was developed at the end of 1941, its idea consisted in the fact that for the transfer of tank by air in the course of airborne operation to the tank was fastened the box it was wing with the tail assembly and the system of control of glider in flight. The tests of glider were carry ouied in the fall of 1942. Air train in the composition of the tow plane TB-3 (commander P. A. Eremeev) and glider "KT" (pilot S. N. Anokhin) successfully rose into air; however, because of the large mass and the small streamlining "KT" towing was conducted on the close one to the maximum power of engines TB-3 with a velocity of 130 km/h. In spite of this, the rate of climb of air train proved to be insufficient. Aircraft hardly reached the height of 40 m.

            The attempt to increase speed to 140 km/h did not yield positive results, since in this case air train began to descend with the vertical velocity of 0.5 m/s. Furthermore, began to rise the temperature of water in the cooling system of engines, which could lead to their overheating. Under these conditions of the Eremiuses made the decision to derive air train into the region of the adjacent airfield Bykovo and to disengage glider. Thanks to Anokhin's professional experience, it was possible to successfully complete landing. After landing, it neglected the motor of tank and, without discarding it was wing, slowly it moved to the control center of airfield. Without being preduprezhdennym about the forced landing of uncommon apparatus, the flight control officer of airfield on battle alarm raised the calculation of antiaircraft battery. When test pilot came out from the machine, Red Army men detained it. Incident was exhausted with the arrival of the emergency rescue command of Flight-Test Institute (LII). Tank under its own power they delivered into the settlement Stakhanovo (now city Zhukovskiy) to the airfield OF LII.

            Tests showed that for lifting the glider to the required height the more powerful aircraft was necessary. Could be such aircraft only strategic bomber Pe-8, which in the years of war was used for the deep air raids, in particular for the bombardments of Berlin. Such aircraft were built only about 80 units (79 ones- AMVAS), so that to design for their use as the tow truck of a glider "KT" was unreal. Therefore further work on the project was ended.
            source:

            http://armor.kiev.ua/Tanks/WWII/T60/t60.php

            Regards, Sven
            If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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            • #7
              Thank you very much for re-opening the thread and for posting the info amvas ! :thumb:
              (BTW, "preduprezhdennym" should read something like "informed", Babelfish didn't manage to translate the text correctly. )

              I'd like to add some images and some more sources:






              Russian sources

              The flying tank in the service of the Red Army

              Winged Tanks

              Armor Kiev - Light Tank T-60 ( already posted above )

              Battlefield Ru - T-60 Modifications

              Antonov - Aircraft

              Translation Service:

              Babelfish

              Regards, Sven

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trommelfeuer
                Thank you very much for re-opening the thread and for posting the info amvas ! :thumb:
                (BTW, "preduprezhdennym" should read something like "informed", Babelfish didn't manage to translate the text correctly. )


                I only quickly checked your text, Sven without thorough corrections
                If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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                • #9
                  So, there was only the pilot on board during flight, not the entire tank crew?

                  If so, how did the rest of the crew get to their tank? More importantly, why fly a tank into battle without its whole crew?
                  Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Jim H. Moreno
                    So, there was only the pilot on board during flight, not the entire tank crew?

                    If so, how did the rest of the crew get to their tank? More importantly, why fly a tank into battle without its whole crew?
                    The crew of this tank was 2 men
                    For tests was enough only one :sleep:
                    If you fire a rifle at the past, the future will fire a cannon at you.....

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