Technical data
Type DB-3b
Function Series Prototype Bomber
Year 1936 1938 1939
Crew 3
Engines 2*760hp M-85 2*800/950hp M-86 2*950hp M-87A
Length 14.22m
Wingspan 21.44m
Wing area 65.6m2
Empty weight 4200kg 4500kg 4712kg 5030kg
Loaded weight 6648kg 7000kg 7079kg 7445kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 101 107 108 113
Power load (kg/hp) 4.4 4.6 3.7 3.9
Speed (0m) 335km/h 327km/h 331km/h 345km/h
Speed (at) 415km/h (4800m) 400km/h (4500m) 395km/h (4000m) 439km/h (4900m)
Climb (1000m) - - 2.4min 2.4min
Climb (5000m) 12.8min 15.1min 34.4min(7000m) 12.1min
Ceiling (m) 9060 8400 8300 9600
Range (km) 4200 4000 4000 3800
Speed (landing) 110km/h 120km/h 115km/h 120km/h
Guns 3mg*7.62 ShKAS
sometimes 1g*20mm ShVAK in the nose

DB-3/DB-3B, S.V.Ilyushin

At the Monino AF Museum near Moscow; Photo (56k) by John Sloan;

Mass production version of experimental/record TsKB-30 aircraft. It was the ultimate development of mid-30's technologies involving U-profiles and wielded tube frames. Structures were light and strong but required tons of handwork. When more advanced DB-3F was ready for production, early DB-3 were renamed to DB-3b.

1528 aircraft were built in 1936- 1939. In 1939 variable pitch propellers (VISh-3) were installed, providing substantial performance improvement. Served with the Long Range Aviation regiments in the Winter War and Great Patriotic War, mostly for night missions.

TsKB-26 DB-3T DB-3TP
TsKB-30 DB-3M/F Il-4

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  • DB-3
  • DB-3, Ilyushin
  • DOO Flightsimulator page by Oleg Devjatkin;

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