flyf15
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Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 2:46 pm

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?)
 
HlywdCatft
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 3:13 pm

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
 
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 3:37 pm

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.

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jwenting
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 3:57 pm

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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HlywdCatft
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 4:00 pm

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
 
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Sun Jan 12, 2003 6:30 pm

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

Sun Jan 12, 2003 9:36 pm

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




 
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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Mon Jan 13, 2003 12:41 am

Yep, the Russians beat us again.

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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Mon Jan 13, 2003 1:03 am

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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RE: Largest Tail-wheel Aircraft

Mon Jan 13, 2003 3:10 am

That's the one I meant RA.
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