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Lithuanian interwar ANBO planes
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:53:55 PM »


Military reconnaissance/light attack aircraft ANBO IV/41
The ANBO IV was a reconnaissance aircraft used by the Lithuanian Air Force in World War II, designed by Lithuanian aircraft designer Antanas Gustaitis.The ANBO IV was developed from the ANBO III trainer. The design was supervised by colonel Antanas Gustaitis. The first flight took place on July 14, 1932, and the prototype was powered by a Wasp engine. After successful trials, series production began. Thirteen series-built aircraft were powered by British Bristol Pegasus engines and were manufactured by Lithuanian Aircraft State Factory. It could be armed with two pairs of light machine guns and could carry 200 kg of bombs.ANBO IVs were introduced into Lithuanian Air Force in 1934 and shortly before that a few aircraft made demonstration flights in a few European countries: Soviet Union, France, United Kingdom and most Scandinavian countries. Between June 25 and July 29, 1934, three aircraft commanded by colonel Gustaitis flew 10,000 km route.

ANBO IV and ANBO 41 aircraft equipped one and two reconnaissance squadrons respectively in Lithuanian Air Force, at the time of the Soviet Occupation of Baltic Republics in the summer of 1940.

A photo exists showing that at least one Anbo IV or Anbo 41 survived this period and was operated by the Luftwaffe during the German occupation.


Old cool 'Pegasus' engines commercial

General characteristics

Crew: two, pilot and observer
Length: 8.80 m (28 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 13.20 m (43 ft 4 in)
Wing area: 29.0 m2 (312 ft2)
Empty weight: 1,500 kg (3,310 lb)
Gross weight: 2,300 kg (5,070 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Pegasus XXIII, 750 kW (1,010 hp)


Maximum speed: 360 km/h (220 mph)
Range: 800 km (500 miles)
Service ceiling: 9,000 m (29,500 ft)
Rate of climb: 6.9 m/s (1,360 ft/min)


2 × fixed, forward-firing machine guns
2 × flexible machine guns for observer
Up to 200 kg (440 lb) of bombs

Light bomber ANBO VIII.

The ANBO VIII was a Lithuanian bomber-reconnaissance monoplane designed by Antanas Gustaitis and built by Karo Aviacijos Tiekimo Skyrius. The ANBO VIII was a low-wing monoplane with a tailwheel landing gear, an enclosed two-seat tandem cockpit and powered by a 930 hp (694 kW) Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial engine. The prototype and only ANBO VIII was first flown on 5 September 1939 and was still under testing when the country was annexed by the Soviet Union. The prototype was removed by the Soviet authorities for testing.

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Length: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 30 m2 (320 sq ft)
Empty weight: 2,300 kg (5,071 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 3,700 kg (8,157 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial piston engine, 690 kW (930 hp)


Maximum speed: 411 km/h (255 mph; 222 kn) at 5,000 m (16,000 ft) altitude
Minimum control speed: 113 km/h (70 mph; 61 kn)
Service ceiling: 9,000 m (30,000 ft)
Time to altitude: 2 minutes to 1,000 m (3,300 ft), 15 minutes to 5,000 m (16,000 ft)


Guns: 4 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) fixed forward-firing M1919 Browning machine guns with 500 rpg
1 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) manually aimed M1919 Browning machine gun in the rear cockpit with 5 x 100 round boxes
Bombs: up to 600 kg (1,300 lb) on a fuselage bomb rack and/or 400 kg (880 lb) under the wings.

ANBO VIII 'First flight'



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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 12:18:51 AM »

nice!! good find
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