Passenger/liaison amphibian with layout similar to the Be-4 but substantially larger and heavier. It was a single-engine parasol with wing installed on thin pylon and pair of short struts. Compared to the Be-4, Be-8 was equipped with retractable landing gear (taildragger scheme), pilot and passenger cabins had heating system utilizing engine heat. Aircraft had de-icing system, carried wealth of navigation, radio- and photo, dual flight controls (wires) and electromechanically operated landing flaps. Be-8 was intended as a civil aircraft and carried no armament.
|Engines||1*570/700hp Shvetsov ASh-21|
|Speed at 0m||246km/h|
|Speed at 1800m||266km/h|