Technical data
Type Tu-70
Function Passenger transport
Year 1946
Crew 6
Engines 4*2000/2400hp ASh-73
Length 35.4m
Wingspan 44.5m
Wing area 166.1m2
Empty weight 38290kg
Loaded weight 60000kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 361
Power load (kg/hp) 6.2
Speed at 0m 424km/h
Speed at 9000m 568km/h
Landing Roll 600m
Takeoff Roll 670m
Range 5000km
Flight Endurance 10hours
Ceiling 11000m
5000m 21.2min
Fuel 16030kg
Seats 72
Cargo ?kg

Tu-70 airliner ('Cart') by A.N.Tupolev

23k b/w picture from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.371

Low-wing passenger development of the Tu-4 bomber. Differed from only by fuselage construction and deleted armament. Passenger 'luxury' variant for 48 passengers and crew of 8 was developed in parallel with the bomber.

On design stage decision was made to stretch the fuselage, increase diameter and accommodate 72 passenger and crew of 6. Even in this configuration Tu-70 was a comfortable airliner with pressurized fuselage, heating and ventilation systems, kitchen, refrigerator and all other passenger/crew necessities. In construction of the Tu-70 some parts from original USA-built B-29 Superfortress.

30k b/w drawing from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.371

First flight (pilot F.F.Opadchij) occurred on November 27, 1946. On August 3, 1947 Tu-70 was demonstrated at Tushino Parade.It easily passed all trials and was ready for production (3/4 parts of series built Tu-4 were already available). Nonetheless, it did not became the first large airliner. Economical situation in the USSR and limited demand for air travel made Tu-70 (as well as its rival Il-18) premature. Large passenger aircraft will enter the scene 10 years later.

For some time lone Tu-70 was used as a VIP official transport. At some point of its history airliner was 'confiscated' by V.I.Stalin (son of Joseph Stalin who served as a chief command of MVO aviation) and used to carry... hockey and football teams of the VVS.

24k drawing from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.371


  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.370-371;
  • Tu-4 and variants at Russian Power

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