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Role Bomber
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Tupolev
Number built None

Tupolev TB-6 (internal designation ANT-26; Russian: Туполев ТБ-6/АНТ-26) was a proposal for a 1930s heavy bomber that did not advance beyond blueprints. Inspired by the success of ANT-20/PS-124, Tupolev in 1929 began work on an even larger aircraft powered by 12 engines and with a takeoff weight of 70 tons (155,000 lb). A 1/20 scale two-seat glider was built and test-flown to evaluate the aerodynamic soundness of the design and work was started on the first prototype. By mid-1930s, the trend in military aviation shifted towards smaller and faster aircraft and TB-6 was canceled. ANT-28 was a proposed cargo version.[1]

Specifications (TB-6)[]

Data from Shavrov 1985[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 17
  • Length: 39 m (127 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 95 m (311 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 10 m (32 ft 9.7 in)
  • Wing area: 800 m² (8611.1 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 50,000 kg (110,231 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 70,000 kg (154,324 lb)
  • Powerplant: 12 × Mikulin AM-34FRN V12 engines, 671 kW (900 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h (162 kn, 186 mph) (estimated)
  • Wing loading: 88 kg/m² (18 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 115 W/kg (0.07 hp/lb)


  • Guns:
  • Bombs: 15,000 kg (33,000 lb) normal load, 24,600 kg (54,200 lb) max


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shavrov V.B. (1985) (in Russian). Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR do 1938 g. (3 izd.). Mashinostroenie. ISBN 5-217-03112-3. 

Duffy, Paul and Andrei Kankdalov. (1996) Tupolev The Man and His aircraft. Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers.

Gordon, Yefim; Rigamant, Vladimir (2005). OKB Tupolev: A History of the Design Bureau and its Aircraft. Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing.

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