Myasishchev M-50

The Myasishchev M-50 (NATO reporting name Bounder) was a Soviet prototype four-jet engine supersonic strategic bomber, which never attained service. Only one prototype was built, which was believed to have first flown in 1957. The M-50 was constructed by the Myasishchev design bureau.

It was a fast jet bomber with four engines: two Dobrynin VD-7 and two VD-7F turbojets. Two engines were located under the wing and two on the tips of its shoulder-mounted, truncated delta wings.

The second M-50 was designated M-52 and carried Zubets 16-17 turbojets, around which the aircraft had been designed. The engine installation was modified, and a second tailplane added to the top of the fin. M-50 participated in a Soviet Aviation Day flyby in 1961. M-52 was completed but was not flight tested.

Like most of the early 1960s supersonic strategic bomber projects, the M-50/52 program was terminated due to the development of the Intercontinental ballistic missiles and the priority assigned to the Soviet space program.

Myasishchev M-50
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Myasishchev
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1959
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) 1959 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Myasishchev 2 View

Role Strategic bomber
Designer Myasishchev
First flight 27 October 1959
Status Retired
Primary user USSR
Number built 2


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 57.48 m (188 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 35.10 m (115 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 290.6 m2 (3,128 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 85,000 kg (187,393 lb)
  • Gross weight: 175,000 kg (385,809 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 200,000 kg (440,925 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Dobrynin VD-7F afterburning turbojet, 137.29 kN (30,865 lbf) thrust each wet
  • Powerplant: 2 × Dobrynin VD-7 non-afterburning turbojet, 110 kN (24,000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,950 km/h (1,212 mph; 1,053 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 1,500 km/h (932 mph; 810 kn)
  • Range: 7,400 km (4,598 mi; 3,996 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 16,500 m (54,134 ft)
  • Wing loading: 602 kg/m2 (123 lb/sq ft)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.29

Armament

  • 30,000 kg (66,000 lb) of bombs or missiles carried in internal bays

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