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Beriev Prototypes

Beriev Be-1

The Beriev Be-1 was an experimental wing-in-ground-effect aircraft developed in the Soviet Union during the 1960s.

Only one test prototype was built.

First flight from water was made in 1964.

Beriev Be-8

Passenger/Liaison amphibious aircraft.

First flight from water was made 21.11.1948.

Two test prototypes built & no production followed.

Beriev MDR-5

Marine long-range reconnaissance aircraft.

First prototype as flying boat made its first flight in May 1938.

The second prototype was built as amphibian and made first flight in May 1939.

It did not enter production as the rival Chyetverikov MDR-6 was preferred.

Beriev MBR-5

Marine short-range reconnaissance hydroplane.

First flight from water was made in September 1935.

Not put into production.

Beriev MBR-7

The Beriev MBR-7 was a Soviet short-range reconnaissance/bomber flying boat 

First flight was made in April 1939.

It had an excellent performance but due to the lack of supply of Klimov engines the decision was made to continue building the MBR-2 and the MBR-7 did not go into production.

Beriev R-1

The Beriev R-1 was the first Soviet turbojet-powered flying boat.

It was a Marine reconnaissance/bomber hydroplane.

First flight from water was made 30.05.1952.

Only one test prototype was built before the project was scrapped in 1956.

Beriev S-13

The Beriev S-13 was a Soviet reverse-engineered copy of the Lockheed U-2C, developed in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s.

It was a Long-range high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

On 1 April 1961 the first fuselage was completed.

However, on 12 May 1962 the Council of Ministers cancelled the project with immediate effect, when it was realized that the United States and its allies, like the Soviet Union, could shoot down slow-moving targets even at high altitude.

Beriev VVA-14

The Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikaľno-Vzletayushchaya Amfibiya (vertical take-off amphibious aircraft) was a wing-in-ground-effect aircraft developed in the Soviet Union during the early 1970s.

Designed to be able to take off from the water and fly at high speed over long distances, it was to make true flights at high altitude, but also have the capability of flying efficiently just above the sea surface, using aerodynamic ground effect.

The VVA-14 was designed by Italian-born designer Robert Bartini in answer to a perceived requirement to destroy United States Navy Polaris missile submarines.

Two prototypes were built and the last was retired in 1987.

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