27 Soviet Tank-Planes

Soviet Tank-Planes

Posted on November 12, 2007 by

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It seems strange but in Soviet Russia they had planes with tracks, like tanks. They were pretty actively used in early Soviet times probably the idea behind them was to build a real tank-plane that could fight both in skies and on the ground.

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27 Responses to “Soviet Tank-Planes”

  1. Jes says:

    first!… maybe

  2. John from Kansas says:

    Photo 3 is of the Yefremov/Nadiradze inflatable landing gear. The design was tested on a Yakovlev aircraft which could land on any surface.

    Antonov’s KT was the real tank plane.

  3. Radical Vlad says:


    Now please do us all a favor, and unplug your computer now!

  4. Jim says:

    the article summary is silly. The treaded landing gear is for landing and taking off on rough terrain, not for traversing it over long distances. And certainly not so that you could build a “flying tank”.

    • Al says:

      You run across a lot of that here. The Russians did actually build a light tank that was meant to fly a short distance over the lines of the enemy but it was not successful. This rig was meant to give planes the capability of landing just about anywhere.

  5. Pacific NW says:


  6. Richard S. says:

    Did the Soviets have any goony birds (DC-3, Douglas Dakota) during WW-2 and cold war times?

    • John from Kansas says:

      Yes, over 700 DC-3s were sold to Russia under the Lend-lease plan. Before that however the Soviet government signed a contract with Douglas Aircraft to build the DC-3 in Russia in the late 1930s. Pavel Lisunov was the engineer in charge of setting up production and he worked at Douglas for several years to become familiar with the aircraft. It was intended to put the aircraft in service with Aeroflot but most were used as military transports during the war. Some models had a defensive armament. The aircraft were officially designated Li-2 after Lisunov but they were usually referred to as a “Douglas”. After the war they served in Aeroflot and several eastern European airlines. Some were still in service in 1970.

    • Texas1 says:

      They’ve still got that Turkey from Kansas if he counts.

  7. Ari The Finn says:

    Geeeee imagine those planes at take-off doing something like what? 100 – 150 mph? Now that’s a lot of ratlin’ and rumblin’
    yes Sir! Why not adding wings to a T-34/85?

  8. Chris Brandstetter says:

    I would say they were not trying for a flying tank, but lower pressure on the ground. Imagine landing in a muddy field, wheels have a high load on the ground per square centimeter, now look at what the load would be on tracks, a lot lower. And you could still land them on concrete, or rock, or any other hard surface as opposed to skis.

  9. Ari The Finn says:

    Oh yes, wings at T-60. Now why oh why we don’t produce these wonderful wonders of techonology? Could it be possible it has got something to do with gravity, maneuverability, etc…?

  10. krapivnik-sm says:

    I think they tried to make an airplane that can land on snow

  11. Gurtek singh says:

    nice one…………..

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