|Engines||6*14000kg VK-15 turbojets|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||?|
|Cruise Speed||Mach 2.5 to 3.25|
General layout - canard with triangular wing and twin tailfins. In subsonic regimes canard foreplanes were floating and did not affect aircraft stability. After accelerating to supersonic speed canards were fixed, compensating for changing distribution of airdynamic forces. Last variant of the M-56 even had a variable sweep angle of the wing leading edge. This allowed to exclude sophisticated system of pumping the fuel from tank to tank. Engines were arranged in two 'packs', located under the wing, on the sides of wide 'lifting' fuselage.
Same year full-size mockup was built. Radio-controlled models were built and proved good stability and handling of the scheme. All estimations of M-55 performance show that it was an even match for USA 'analog' XB-70, which was flown in 1964.
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