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Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft  
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Hey guys, anybody know what the largest (by weight) tailwheel aircraft is? The best I can think of is the Curtis Commando... (or was the B-17 larger?)

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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

While not a very well known WWII airplane there was the Messerschmitt Me323 a German aircraft with six props and a high wing. It had a ton of wheels- looks like ten wheels up front- 5 rows of 2, and then a tail wheel. Its take off weight was 95,000 lbs compared to the B17s 55,000lbs

A more popular aircraft that was a tail dragger and is larger than the B17 or C46 is the Lancaster which has a take off weight of 68,000


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

Some data for you-

German
He-177 max 68343
Ju-290B-2 max 111,332
He-111Z no info
Soviet
Petlyakov Pe-8 (M-30B) 73,469
British
S.29 Sterling V 70,000
Avro 683 Lancaster overlad to 70,000
American
B-17G 65,600
XB-19 no data

Looks like the germans have it in the bombers there.

T.J.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4842 times:

The Soviet Maxim Gorkyi from the 1920s/'30s is the largest I believe.

The Me 323 wasn't a tailwheel aircraft. It had only a lot of wheels down the sides (like a cross between an An-225 and a B-52).

The Ju 390 could be a good candidate indeed for T.J., it's a 6 engined development of the 290, a meter longer and 6 meters more wingspan).



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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

According to the picture that I have here, it shows a small rear wheel unless that was just to prevent a tail scrape on take off. I just have a drawing of the plane

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Concorde has a rear tail-wheel for anti-scrape purposes - but that probably doesn't count either Big grin

User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

I am not an expert on WWII bombers, but otherwise the largest plane must be the Soviet Tupolev ANT-20 "Maksim Gor'kiy" from the 1930 ies, at that time the largest aircraft in the world. First flight was by M.M. Gromov on June 17th, 1934. Specifications from book Tupolev-the man and his aircraft

Accomodation: 8 crew / 72 passengers
Engines: 8 x 662hp M-34FRN
Length: 32,5 m
Height:11,2 m
Wingspan: 63 m (486m2)
Wheeltrack: 10.7 m
TO weight: 42 tonnes (53 tonnes maximum)
Empty weight: 28,5 tonnes
Max payload: 6,7 tonnes
Max range: 2000 km
max speed: 220 kph

http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/vvs/tupolev/ant20_03.jpg






User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4729 times:

Yep, the Russians beat us again.

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Photo © Andy Vanderheyden


http://www.funet.fi/pub/culture/russian//lyrics/political/SovNatlAnthem.wav

Il 62, max takeoff weight 162,200kg (375,150lb)



User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2002 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Honorable mention goes to the HP Hastings and the Avro York. Not the largest but worth looking at anyhow.

The largest with tail wheel to prevent tailscrapes must have been the Tu-114 Rossiya.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

That's the one I meant RA.


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