Technical data
Type Be-6 (normal load) Be-6 (maximum load)
Function Patrol, ASW
Year 1949
Crew 8
Engines 2*2000/2400hp Shvetsov ASh-73TK
Length 23.5m
Height ?m
Wingspan 33m
Wing area 120m2
Empty weight 18827kg
Landing weight 20928kg
Loaded weight 23456kg 29000kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 196 242
Power load (kg/hp) 4.9 6.1
Speed at 0m 377km/h
Speed at 1800m 414km/h
Cruise at 2000m 280km/h
Landing Speed 147km/h
Landing Roll 590m 28sec
Takeoff speed 152km/h 165km/h
Takeoff Roll 760m 33sec 1270m 50sec
Range ?km 5000km
Flight Endurance 5.7h 16h
Ceiling 6100m ?m
5000m 20min ?min
6100m 41.5min ?min
Rate at 0m 4.4m/sec ?
Rate at 1900m 5.6m/sec ?
Fuel+Oil 7400+500kg
Troops 40
Guns 5*23mm NR-23, 1000 to 1200 rounds
Bombs Combination of following:
  • 16*OFAB-100
  • 8*FAB-500
  • 2*FAB-1500
  • 2*1000kg torpedos
  • 8*AMD-500 mines
  • Be-6, G.M.Beriev 'Madge'

    21k photo, courtesy of Andrew I. Salnikov

    Patrol all-metal flying boat, a gull-winged aircraft with twin oval tailfins on top of a deep fuselage. Be-6 is actually a 'dubler' of the LL-143 built in evacuation. Flying boat was capable to accomplish wide variety of missions:

  • long-range maritime reconnaissance;
  • coastal and supply lines patrol;
  • torpedo/bombing strikes;
  • ice patrol
  • navy seals support
    (40 with equipment);
  • laying mine fields;
  • transport operations;
  • Be-6 equipment includes autopilot, blind flight/landing equipment and friend-foe identification system, in addition to standard navigation, photographic and radio equipment. Ventral retractable search radar was enclosed in a foam-plastic fairing.

    Reliability of aircraft is augmented by eight hull sections which may be sealed individually, preventing from Be-6 from sinking in case of combat damage. Fixed underwing floats are also divided into four sealed volumes each. Strong airframe allows continuous taxi on 2m waves.

    Twenty-two self-sealing soft fuel tanks are located in the wing, with access from below. De-icing system includes hot air, liquid and electric heating of the windshield. Wing and tail leading edges (as well as air intakes) are warmed up with hot air from four gasoline burners. Ethanol is used on propeller blades. Mechanical de-icers are installed on windshield and pressure sensors. Distilled water is used to remove salt deposits from the windshield.

    Be-6 is capable to sustain horizontal flight at 2500m with one engine shot off. Servotrimmers are used to reduce control load in this situation.

    (32k) Be-6 model; Roy Cochrun posted this photo in November 1996 on his ever changing and never same Page;

    Five 23mm cannons are assembled in three remotely controlled turrets:

    Since requirements to naval patrol aircraft do not change too rapidly, reliable Be-6 stayed in service until the late 1960s. Some aircraft ended service as civil unarmed transports in Arctic regions.




  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.399-403;
  • "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander, p.56-58;
  • Links
  • Be-6
  • Be-6, Beriev 'Madge'
  • LL-143, Beriev
  • Be-6 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • Beriev Be-6 at 'Aviation A to Z'

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