ANT-14 'Pravda' by A.N.Tupolev

arge passenger aircraft, development of the ANT-9 layout. It also utilized number of TB-3, including the wing (with slightly increased span) and landing gear. Fifth engine was installed in the nose.
Aircraft was built less than in a year, and on August 14, 1931 M.M.Gromov tried it in the air. Next day another flight was performed, and soon trials were concluded with 100% positive result. No shortcomings were found. The only correction was adding of four passenger seats.
Unfortunately, USSR had no capacities for mass production of such an airliner. There were also no internal market for large aircraft (one of the largest passenger planes of its time!). ANT-14 was transferred to Propaganda 'regiment' named after Maxim Gorky, where it served as a flagship for many years. It was used mostly for commercial amusement flight over Moscow. More than 1000 flights were performed, about 40000 passengers were carried without a glitch during 10 years. Two flights were performed to Kharkiv, one - to Leningrad.
ANT-14 served until its resources run out. It was transferred to exposition of military equipment, where it served as a documentary movie theater during the Great Patriotic War.
20k b/w drawing "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.466




  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.466-467;
  • ANT-14 "Pravda" at the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • ANT-14, Tupolev
  • A.N.Tupolev aircraft
  • Technical data
    Type ANT-14 'Pravda'
    Function Passenger
    Year 1931
    Crew 5
    Engines 5*480hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter
    Length 26.5m
    Height 5.4m
    Wingspan 40.4m
    Wing area 240m2
    Empty weight 10828kg
    Loaded weight 17530kg
    Wing load 73.0kg/m2
    Power load 7.3kg/hp
    Cruise Speed 195km/h
    Maximum Speed at 0m 236km/h
    Landing Speed 105km/h
    Landing Roll 220m 14sec
    Takeoff Roll 250m 18sec
    Range 1200km
    Turn time 2min
    Ceiling 4220m
    1000m 4.9min
    2000m 11.6min
    3000m 21.8min
    Fuel+Oil 1990+166kg
    Seats 36
    Cargo ?kg
    Created January 25, 1996
    Modified February 25, 1999
    by Alexandre Savine
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