6 Responses to “Russian flying fortresses”

  1. Mike Spilligan October 30, 2012 at 14:06 Permalink

    A super elliptical wing-plan; but what was the roll-rate like?

  2. James Higham October 30, 2012 at 14:50 Permalink

    One of the commenters said it couldn’t fly but I think it did. Roll rate would depend on flaps or ailerons, no? Forgive me – I’m a sailor, not a flier.

  3. Dave October 30, 2012 at 15:25 Permalink

    I am a sailor and have seen those planes on an aircraft carrier.

  4. James Higham October 30, 2012 at 16:46 Permalink

    Right, Dave, so they worked. It’s just a question of gross weight v lift over drag I would think. If the numbers add up, then they fly [providing sufficient thrust].

    Aircraft carrier eh? That would be fun lifting off and landing.

  5. wiggiatlarge October 30, 2012 at 17:23 Permalink

    Throws a bit more light on it !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalinin_K-7

  6. Amfortas October 31, 2012 at 03:55 Permalink

    Did you really Dave? Was that before or after that bottle of Rum and your dream of you flying in your Maidenform bra?

    :)

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