Beriev Be-6

Specifications

1st Flight 1949

Crew: 8

Length: 23.5 m (77 ft 1 in)

Wingspan: 33 m (108 ft 3 in)

Height: 7.64 m (25 ft 1 in)

Wing area: 120 m2 (1,300 sq ft)

Airfoil: root: NACA 23020; tip: NACA 23010

Empty weight: 18,827 kg (41,506 lb)

Gross weight: 23,456 kg (51,712 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 29,000 kg (63,934 lb)

Maximum alighting weight: 20,928 kg (46,138 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Shvetsov ASh-73TK 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 1,800 kW (2,400 hp) each

Propellers: 4-bladed V-3BA-5 constant-speed propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 414 km/h (257 mph, 224 kn) at 1,800 m (5,906 ft)

377 km/h (234 mph; 204 kn) at sea level

Cruise speed: 280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn) at 2,000 m (6,562 ft)

Alighting speed:’ 147 km/h (91 mph; 79 kn)

Range: 4,800 km (3,000 mi, 2,600 nmi)

Service ceiling: 6,100 m (20,000 ft)

Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 20 minutes

Armament

Guns: 5 × 23 mm (0.91 in) Nudelman – Rikhter NR-23 auto cannon in 3 remotely controlled turrets

Bombs:

General ordnance, or

2×1,000 kg (2,205 lb) torpedoes, or

8 mines

 

 

 

Variants

LL-143: Prototype of Be-6 with Shvetsov ASh-72 radial engines; nose, beam, ventral and tail positions for a total of six 12.7mm UBT machine guns. Maiden Flight in March 1945.

Be-6: standard production aircraft with Shvetsov ASh-73 radial piston engines.

Qing-6: Be-6 aircraft of the ‘People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force’ re-engined with WoJiang WJ-6 turboprops.

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