Technical data
Type TsKB-57
Function Bomber prototype;
Year Oct.12, 1940
Crew 1
Engines 1*1500/1665hp AM-38
Length 11.6m
Wingspan 14.6m
Wing area 38.5m
Empty weight 3792kg
Loaded weight 4998kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 130
Power load (kg/hp) 3.0
Speed at 0m 423km/h
Speed at 2800m 437km/h
Landing Speed 140km/h
Landing Roll 260m
Takeoff Roll 250m
Range 850km
Ceiling 8500m
1000m 1.7min
3000m 5.3min
5000m 10.0min
Guns 4*mg7.62mm ShKAS
Bombs 4(wing bays)b*100kg
or 2b(external)*250kg

TsKB-57, S.V.Ilyushin

140k photo b/w of the TsKB-57, (Sergey V. Andreev)

Another prototype of the single-seat Il-2. Original Ilyushin scheme (TsKB-55 with rear gunner position was rejected by Kliment Voroshilov (Stalin's favorite, hero of Civil War, proved himself as a military impotent during early dramatic stages of the Great Patriotic War). Moreover, Stalin and Voroshilov decided to make it single-seat bomber, capable to penetrate deep into enemy territory at higher altitude. They and other military leaders could never imagine that there will be no fighters available for escort...

40k drawing of the TsKB-57 armor shell, (courtesy of Sergey V. Andreev)

As a result ten pre-production two-seaters BSh-2 were never delivered.

New TsKB-57 prototype had same 4 ShKAS in the wings, as the TsKB-55, and additional 155 liter fuel tank (in gunner's position). Aircraft became a testbed for new AM-38 engine, used for factory tests only.

One built.

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.75-77;

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