Cukurs C-6bis

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Cukurs C-6bis
Cukurs C-6bis.jpg
Role Dive bomber
Manufacturer Herberts Cukurs
Designer Herberts Cukurs
First flight 1940
Introduction 1940
Primary user Latvian Air Force
Number built 1

Cukurs C-6bis was a Latvian prototype dive bomber aircraft designed by Herberts Cukurs in 1940.[1]

Development[edit]

The aircraft was based on the Cukurs C-6 Trīs zvaigznes (Three stars) trainer which was known for its 1937 flight from Riga to Tokyo and return.[1]

Work on the C-6bis started in 1939, with the first test flights in 1940. Soon after first test flights the Latvian Air Force accepted the aircraft and ordered twelve.[1]

Test flights were halted on the 7 June 1940, just 10 days before the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940. During the occupation the Red Army expressed interest in the C-6bis and test flew it, but they determined that it was unsuitable for use.[citation needed]

Only one example was built and its fate remains unknown.[citation needed]

Specifications (C-6bis)[edit]

Data from Airwar.ru[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 8.50 m (27 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.40 m (7 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 12.80 m2 (137.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 680 kg (1,499 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,340 kg (2,954 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano Suiza 6 Mb six cylinder liquid-cooled in-line piston aircraft engine, 210 kW (280 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 440 km/h (273 mph; 238 kn)
  • Range: 680 km (423 mi; 367 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,800 m (19,029 ft)

Armament

  • Bombs: 50 kg each

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cukurs C-6bis". Airwar.ru. Retrieved 2012-04-28.