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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Tupolev TB-3 scale model at the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz

The Tupolev TB-3 Zveno (Chain link or a military unit "Flight") was a parasite aircraft concept developed in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. It consisted of a Tupolev TB-1 or a Tupolev TB-3 heavy bomber acting as a mothership for between two and five fighters. Depending on the Zveno variant, the fighters either launched with the mothership or docked in flight, and they could refuel from the bomber. The definitive Zveno-SPB using a TB-3 and two Polikarpov I-16s, each armed with two 250 kg (550 lb) bombs, was used operationally with good results against strategic targets in Romania during the opening stages of the German-Soviet War. The same squadron afterwards also carried out a tactical attack against a bridge over the River Dnieper that had been captured by advancing German forces.
This Zveno Tupolev TB-3 scale model is displayed at the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz (Germany).

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