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Sova Model

Be-8 With Water Skis & Hydrofoils 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Sova Model 72025

Theme: Airplanes

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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The Be-8 (NATO codification: Mole) is a Soviet hydrofoil amphibious aircraft created by the Beriev Design Bureau in 1947. Passenger aircraft, the same scheme as the Be-4 - braced monoplane with a wing over the fuselage (parasol), on a thin pylon and two pairs of short struts supporting the center section. It differed from the Be-4 in its larger size and weight, as well as the presence of retractable landing gear. It was equipped with one ASh-21 piston radial engine (570/700 hp) installed in the middle of the wing. The cockpit and passenger compartment were heated by a system using heat from the engine.
Hydrofoils were developed at TsAGI: two front and tail on landing gear instead of wheels. The lifting force of the wing effectively drove the boat out of the water on the takeoff run. This happened before the lift necessary for takeoff arose. Running on hydrofoils instead of a redan was accompanied by significantly lower overloads during waves.
The first flight was made on December 3, 1947 and showed good performance. The following year, it successfully passed flight tests. Two experimental aircraft were built, one of them was demonstrated in 1951 at the Day of Soviet Aviation festival at Tushino Airport.
In total, two aircraft were built, one of them had an accident.
Despite the high appraisal of specialists, the Be-8 was not transferred to serial production and was used as a flying laboratory.
Be-8 is a flying boat with a strut wing pylon located high on us. Designed for use on rough terrain, saturated with rivers and lakes, or in coastal sea areas. The crew is one pilot. The passenger cabin can accommodate six passengers. In the sanitary version - two stretchers and two sitting patients.