The most amazing airplane in history

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In the 1930s the Soviet Union was obsessed with the idea of huge planes. So they built a mammoth flying fortress that looked like something out of a Jules Verne novel.

Designed by Konstantin Kalinin, this plane was the size of the Empire State Building lying on its side, but equipped with cannons. It had 12 engines facing front and propellers even on the back of the wings. The propellers were needed to help lift the gigantic fortress because jet propulsion had not yet been invented.
Kalinin wanted to build two more planes but the project was scrapped because the first and only one built flew 11 times before crashing and killing 15 people. So Stalin had Kalinin executed. It was not good to fail on an expensive project under Stalin.

Not many photos were saved from those times because of the high secrecy levels of such projects
Can you imagine what it would be like sitting in this thing when those cannons go off?
Quite an airplane! Makes the B-36 look like a toy. Can you imagine dog-fighting with one of these?

Click here to read more about the Kalinin airplane.
H/t my friend Robert Wilcox.
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0 responses to “The most amazing airplane in history

  1. It probably had to be flown by a committee…and I doubt there was
    too much in the way of hydraulics which meant those rudders
    and ailerons were operated by muscle and wire….

  2. I remember playing, years ago, a WWI fighter simulator where zeppelins were my favorite things to shoot down. I believe this plane is not much different in terms of speed and ability to be easily spotted 🙂

  3. the “spruce goose” the plane built by howard hughes was on the large side also and i believe made out of wood. heck why fly it just drive it onto the battlefield and scare the shit out of your enemy. almost a death star in size.

  4. I have the Spruce Goose as well as that huge Dornier flying boat in my FS 2004 collection of planes, but I would love to have this one. 🙂
    LOL – Wow, what a beast.

  5. It is fake that plane in the picture is fake during the 1930’s they did not have colored pictures yet and the plane it self would be very unstable due to the face that it is nothing but a wing on wheels with cannons and old engines. The perfection of a plane such as that didn’t happen until the end of world war 2.

    • Did you even bother to click on the embedded link I provided?
      “The K-7 was yet another example of the aviation policy dictated by the infant Soviet regime, which believed that the way to impress the rest of the world was to build aircraft bigger than anyone else’s. On its first flight, on August 11, 1933, the pilots reported that they were generally content with the way the huge aircraft handled, except for the instability and vibration, which was found to be caused by the small-diameter propellers and ungeared engines.”
      From Wikipedia:
      “The Kalinin K-7 (Ukrainian: Калинін К-7) was a heavy experimental aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.”
      I’m awaiting your apology….

  6. If you look closely at that wikipedia page, you’ll notice that the real K-7 had a wingspan of 173 ft 11in. – harldy the largest aircraft ever and nearly half the wingspan of the spruce goose (with a wingspan of 320 ft. 11 in.)
    It’s still a large aircraft, but not quite what this article makes it out to be.
    Here is a link with more detailed information on the fake photos posted here:


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