can anyone ID this airplane for me

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    #1 airtaxi2006, Dec 19, 2009
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    can anyone ID this airplane for me 2.jpg

    can you ID this airplane? worlds-biggest-airplanes-huge-aviation-004.jpg
     
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    Yes
    it's a make-believe aircraft based on the Russian K-7
     
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    #3 Aaron Brooks Wolters, Dec 19, 2009
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    It's carrying a battleship load of weapons.:shocked!: Looks like a screenshot from a video game.:scratch:
     
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    Yeah, it's a CGI image based on the Kalinin K-7 which was actually built in 1933. They flew it a number of times but it was barely airworthy.

    If I remember right, they built a modified version, but it too had serious issues and crashed, killing everyone on board.

    Joe Stalin canceled the project and had Kalinin arrested and executed for some reason. I think it was espionage...
     
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    I fail to see how it could have gotten off the ground, let alone fire that unlikely weapons complement.
    It pays no regard to aerodynamic form, has undercarriage like two underslung D-Day landing craft and an indoor arboretum for a crew compartment. The fuel to feed all of those engines, trying to keep that aerodynamic-as-a-barn deadweight in the air, would be a massive concern.
    The Luftwaffe would likely have been uncertain whether to shoot it down or invade it, steal the fuel and prolong their involvement in the war for a few more months.
     
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    Yeah, it really was an ungainly peice of machinery...

    I went and checked up on the history of the K-7 just to be sure my facts were straight, and I was just about dead-on...aparently, Stalin had Kalinin executed for espionage AND sabotage (after his aircraft crashed 21 November 1933, killing everyone on board)...

    There's only a couple of photos of the K-7 that exists, so it's extremely rare.

    Here's the specs:
    Crew: 11
    Capacity: 120 passengers in civilian configuration
    Length: 91 ft. 10 in. (28m)
    Wingspan: 173 ft. 11 in. (53m)
    Height: Unknown
    Wing area: 4,886.8 ft² (454 m²)
    Empty weight: 53,793 lb. (24,400kg)
    Loaded weight: 83,776 lb. (38,000kg)
    Powerplant: 7 Mikulin AM-34F V-12 piston engines, 750 hp. (560kW) each
    Maximum speed: 121 knots - 140 mph. (225km/h)
    Service ceiling: 13,123 ft. (4,000m)
    Wing loading: 17 lb/ft.² (84kg/m²)
    Power/mass: 0.06 hp/lb. (103W/kg)
    Source: Shavrov - Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR do 1938 g.
     
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    It uses flubber for fuel!!
     

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    More information on the actual K7 here

    Kalinin K 7
     
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    Thank you for sharing the link Bob.:thumbright: Very cool.:cool:
     
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    thanks everyone for the information
     
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