Tu-91, A.N.Tupolev "Boot"

Strongly retouched (26k) from "Krylia Rodini" magazine 12/1991. Unknown author;
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aval attack bomber. The operational need for the Tu-91 disappeared after Stalin's death, when the ship-building programme was cut back and the carriers cancelled. Moreover, there were more pure political troubles. There was a competing Ilyushin's project, and Ilyushin's team was considered to be more skilled in this class of aircraft.
Another trouble was that Tu-91 was demonstrated to N.S.Khruschew with rocket armament option, despite it was known that Nikita Sergeevich always was skeptical about efficiency of air-surface rockets... (Damn it, what CPSU leader personal scepticism has to do with such a choice? Is he a military expert of any sort?)
The Tu-91 had a powerful turboprop in the mid fuselage, behind the cockpit, with split exhausts behind the wing roots, driving a big three-bladed contra-rotating propeller. It had straight wings, but slightly swept tail plane and fin.
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  • Technical data
    Type Tu-91
    Function attack
    Year 1955
    Crew 2
    Engines 1*7650hp TV-2M
    Wing Span 16.4m
    Length 17.7m
    Height 5.06m
    Wing Area 47.48m2
    Empty Weight 12850kg
    Maximum Weight 14400kg
    Speed 800km/h
    Ceiling 11000m
    Range 2350km
    Armament
    Bombs/Rockets 1500kg
    Modified February 25, 1996
    by Alexandre Savine;
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