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Beriev Be-6

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The Beriev Be-6 (USAF/DoD reporting name "Type 34"[1], NATO reporting name "Madge"[2]) was an all-metal flying boat produced by the Soviet Beriev OKB. It was a gull winged aircraft with twin oval vertical stabilizers on top of a deep fuselage. This flying boat was capable of accomplishing a wide variety of missions, such as long range maritime reconnaissance, coastal and supply line patrols, torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations.

The aircraft was built in 1949. Since requirements of naval aircraft do not change rapidly, the reliable Be-6 stayed in service until the late 1960s. Some aircraft ended service as civil unarmed transports in Arctic regions.



Specifications (Be-6)

Data from Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft [3]

General characteristics

  • Length: 23.5 m (77 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 33 m (110 ft)
  • Height: 7.64 m (25 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 120 m² (1,292 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 18,827 kg (41,506 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 23,456 kg (51,711 lb)
  • Landing weight: 20,928 kg (46,138 lb))
  • Max takeoff weight: 29,000 kg (64,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:Shvetsov ASh-73TK radial engines, 1,800 kW (2,400 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 414 km/h (218 kn, 257 mph) at 1,800 m (5,900 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 280 km/h (173 mph) at 2,000 m (6,600 ft)
  • Landing speed: 147 km/h (79 kn, 97 mph)
  • Range: 5,000 km (2,700 kn, 3,100 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,100 m (20,013 ft)



  3. Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft from 1875 - 1995. Osprey Aerospace. ISBN 1-85532-405-9. 

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