Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Biggest airplane of it’s time, Tupolev ANT-20 Maksim Gorki was a Soviet eight-engine aircraft, over Red Square, Moscow, 1934. The largest in the world during the 1930s

Maxim Gorky was a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

A replacement aircraft, designated ANT-20bis, had begun production the following year and first flew in 1938.

 It was largely identical in design but with six more-powerful Mikulin AM-34FRNV engines.

In December 1940, the aircraft was re-engined with two slightly more powerful Mikulin AM-35 engines in the inner positions (numbers three and four).

This aircraft, on 14 December 1942, crashed after the pilot allowed a passenger to take his seat momentarily and the passenger apparently disengaged the automatic pilot, sending the airplane into a nosedive from an altitude of 1,600 ft, killing all 36 on board.

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