ANT-42, A.N.Tupolev/V.M.Petlyakov

redecessor of the Pe-8/TB-7.
The project was launched in 1934 in response to specifications requesting for strategic four-engine bomber with optimal altitude 8,000m. The aircraft took off on December 27, 1936. Later (1937) the fifth engine was fitted in central fuselage to drive the centralized supercharger. This solution was also used on the second prototype.
Production Pe-8/TB-7 did not inherit this oddity thanks to new powerplant became available.
  • Military Parade magazine, article in November/December issue;
  • Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi "Combat Aircraft Of World War II" Vol. IV, 1940-1941, ISBN 0-517-56843-8;
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  • Technical data
    Type ANT-42
    function heavy bomber
    year 1936
    crew ?
    engines 4*890hp Mikulin M-34FRN
    1*750hp M-100
    Wingspan 39.01m
    Wing Area 188.68m2
    Length 23.59m
    Take off weight 24000kg
    Speed at 8000m 403km/h
    Ceiling 10,800m
    Modified April 10, 1997
    by Alexandre Savine;
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