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M-17 Stratosphere

High-altitude reconnaissance aircraft
   

Photos from the personal collection of Konstantinos Panitsidis

The M-17 was was initially developed to shoot down US reconnaissance balloons drifting over the USSR in the mid-1950s.

To perform the mission the ship is equipped with a foldable gun (mounted above the fuselage in front of the wing).

M-17 is equipped with modern equipment, which allows it to operate day and night, at high altitudes, in adverse weather conditions.

First flew in 1978.

 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  
DESIGNER
Miasishchev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
High-altitude reconnaissance aircraft
CREW
1
POWER-PLANT
One jet engine RD-36-51V
Thrust kg
1 x 12.000
DIMENSIONS
Length, m
22,27
Height, m
4,57
Wing span, m
40,32
Wing area, m2
137,7
WEIGHT
Normal take-off, kg
18..400
Empty aircraft, kg
13.790
Internal fuel, kg
-
PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed, km/h
743
Ferry range, km
-
Range, km 1.325
Autonomy, hour 2,26
Service ceiling, m 21.550
ARMAMENT Equipped with a foldable gun
 
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