Technical data
Type MBR-1
Function Close-range flying boat reconnaissater
Year 1930
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Engines 1*?
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MBR-1 R.L.Bartini

All-metal flying boat project, prepared by R.L.Bartini in 1930. Designer was unhappy with concentration of design activity in single enormous TsKB structure. He dared to criticize this in letter to Central Party Commetee - and was fired. For a quarter of century since he was under watch, under arrest, imprisoned, restricted etc.

All documentation was transferred to young (and loyal to the Party) designer - G.M.Beriev. G.M.Beriev converted project from all-metal (and so barely realistic due to aluminum shortages) to wood. As a result, brilliant MBR-2 came to life, and served for almost 20 years with military and civil aviation.


  • "Illustrated Encyclopedia of the TANTK G.M.Beriev aircraft" Vol.1 p.10-11;
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