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Roadable Aircraft - Antonov KT Flying Tank

Enlarge image (will open in a new window)The Antonov KT (Kr'lya Tanka) - also referred to as the A-40 or A-T - was developed in 1940 by the skilled designer of weight-carrying gliders, Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov. The aim was to test the viability of the idea of supplying partisan forces with light tanks to harrass the enemy's lines of communication.

A T-60 light tank provided the 'fuselage' of the unit, the unlocked tracks being the 'landing gear'. An unstaggered biplane wing of plywood and fabric was attached, together with a pair of tail booms with twin vertical surfaces and a high-mounted single horizontal surface. The aerodynamic controls comprised a single lever operating all flying surfaces from the driver's position. The flying surfaces were to be jettisoned directly on landing.

The unit was towed by a heavy bomber such as the Petlyakov Pe-8 or Tupolev TB-3. Whilst Western sources say the KT never left the ground, Soviet sources say a single successful flight was made in 1941 or 1942. With only limited official support, the programme was cancelled shortly after that time.

Antonov KT data:
MAX. TAKEOFF WEIGHT:
18,078 lb (8200 kg)

WING SPAN:
49 ft 2½ in (15.00 m)

LENGTH:
37 ft 8¾ in (11.5 m)
TOWING SPEED:
99 mph (160 km/h)

LANDING SPEED:
68 mph (110 km/h)

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