Technical data
Type TsKB-26
Function Bomber Prototype
Year 1936
Crew 2
Engines 2*760hp M-85, Gnome-Rhône 14Krsd
Length 13.7m
Wingspan 21.4m
Wing area 65.5m2
Empty weight 4000kg
Loaded weight 6000kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 91.5
Power load (kg/hp) 3.9
Speed (0m) 330km/h
Speed (3250m) 390km/h
Speed (landing) 100km/h
Climb (5000m) 15.1min
Ceiling 10000m
Range 4000km
Bombs 1000kg (external)

TsKB-26, S.V.Ilyushin

24k b/w photo from JNO Russian Aviation Page

Original prototype of the DB-3. Wooden low-wing monoplane with narrow (oval cross-section) fuselage and pilot cockpit 'borrowed' from the TsKB-12 fighter. No gunner position. Wing construction was very strong and light, but required numerous weldings and was complicated.

Test-pilot V.K.Kokkinaki looped the TsKB-26 in presence of Stalin, and gained support.

It was not built in series remaining experimental and record-setting aircraft only, but became a prototype for the all-metal TsKB-30 aircraft;

V.K.Kokkinaki and TsKB-26
25k b/w photo from JNO Russian Aviation Page

Records by the TsKB-26 (by V.K.Kokkinaki):
  • July 17, 1936: ceiling 11294m with 500kg load;
  • July 26, 1936: ceiling 11402m with 1000kg load;
  • August 3, 1936: ceiling 12816m with 500kg load;
  • August 21, 1936: ceiling 12101m with 1000kg load;
  • September 7, 1936: ceiling 11005m with 2000kg load;
  • August 26, 1937: circle 5018.2km with 1000kg in 16 hours (here 3 records were set);

  • References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.27-28
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