NICO BRAAS COLLECTION
No. 9442. Beriev R-1
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Beriev R-1

11/30/2009. Design studies for Beriev's first jet-powered flying boat, designated R-1 (Reaktivnii 1, jet 1), started in 1946. The prototype was first flown at Taganrog by I.M. Sukhomlin on May 30, 1952, powered by two 6,041 lb (2,740 kg) VK-1 turbojets.

The pilot was seated in a fighter-type cockpit on left side of hull, the navigator/bomb-aimer was seated in the nose, while the rear gunner was seated in the blister-fitted stern compartment.

The armament consisted of two fixed 0.9 in (23 mm) NR-23 guns in the nose, two NR-23's in a barbette in the tail (operated by the rear gunner), while a 2,205 lb (1,000 kg) bomb load could be carried on wing racks.

Created November 30, 2009