The Beriev Be-10
, (NATO reporting name
) was built by the Soviet Beriev Aircraft Company
in 1961. It was a jet-engined flying boat patrol bomber
of all-metal construction with the engines located beneath the wing roots and with splayed-out tailpipes. The deeply streamlined hull was fitted with a small, single-step sea rudder
under the air rudder. Spray fences on either side of the bow
protected the engine from water intake. 50° swept wings
had a marked anhedral
angle, with balanced floats
attached by short pylons on the wingtips.
The Be-10 is sometimes referred to as the M-10. This designation is believed to apply only to the modified Be-10 that established 12 FAI world records in 1961, coded '40 Yellow'. The M-10 still holds class records for speed and altitude.
The Be-10 first appeared in public when four Be-10s flew over Tushino in 1961, giving the impression that the Be-10 was already in service. However, Beriev was also developing the turboprop-powered Be-12, which was ultimately preferred. The Be-12 was easier to operate and had better endurance, and only a few Be-10s were built. The Be-10 suffered from metal fatigue due to the stress on the airframe from the high-speed takeoffs and landings, together with corrosion.
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- Yefim Gordon, Andrey Sal'nikov and Aleksandr Zablotskiy (2006) Beriev's Jet Flying Boats. Hinckley, UK: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-236-5