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Icarusgold Announces Tupolev TB-3

Last updated Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:24:55 GMT
Originally posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2005 19:45:00 GMT

Coming soon from Icarusgold is the Tupolev TB-3 heavy bomber for CFS2, FS2004 and FS2002. The TB-3 was an early four engine monoplane bomber. The model features extensive animations, several versions, etc. For details, click on Read More.

Preview for the next Icarusgold aircraft.

Tupolev TB-3 heavy bomber.

This model will be CFS2/FS2004/FS2002 compatible and will has many features as:


  • Pilot head animation
  • Gunner animations
  • Landing light
  • Paratroopers
  • two ground attack-equipped I-16s with 250 kg bombs attached underwings
  • bomb door
  • 2 open doors
  • ski version

Tupolev's TB-3 was one of the outstanding aircraft in aviation history in that it was the world s first four-engine cantilever monoplane bomber. When the Ostekhbyuro (Special Technical Bureau for Military Inventions) started talks with TsAGI about the next step beyond the twin-engine TB-1, an aircraft with a total engine power of 2000hp was envisaged.

The TB-3 could carry 1000 kg of bombs 2200 km at a cruising speed of 180-200 km/h , Three Aviabrigady osobogo naznachenia - ABON (Air brigades for Special Purposes) were formed in the Leningrad, Kiev and Belorussian Military Districts, with a number of TB-3 and R-5 eskadrii attached to serve as trasports for paratroops and equipment.

Combinations were tried consisting of one TB-3 with three Polikarpov I-5 fighters, one Grigorovich I-Zet, and two Polikarpov I-16s. A Zveno with two ground attack-equipped I-16s with 250 kg bombs was used operationally during the war.

You can see a preview with clickable images at:

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