Title:  Tupolev TB-1 and TB-3

The Tupolev TB-1, also known as the ANT-4, was the first large all-metal aircraft built in Russia and first flew in 1925. 218 examples were built between 1929 and 1932 and the type became the standard Russian heavy bomber in the early 1930’s.

The larger four-engined TB-3, also known as the ANT-6, was developed from TB-1 and was the world’s first four-engined cantilever monoplane heavy bomber. First flown in 1930 it entered service in 1932 with 818 examples being built. Although officially obsolete by 1939 it continued to perform bomber and transport duties throughout WW2.

This title includes the Russian technical description manuals for the TB1 and the TB3. The files have been scanned from the original manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • Russian technical manual titled “самолет TB-1 – В Рисунках и схемах с описанями” (Aircraft TB-1 – In Figures and diagrams with descriptions) dated 1934 with approx. 64 pages. (In the Russian language.)
  • Russian technical manual titled “самолет TB-3 с м-17 или м-34” (Aircraft TB-3 with M-17 or M-34), undated with approx. 136 pages. (In the Russian language.) This manual was scanned by a third party and may be incomplete. It says “Part II” on the cover, starts about page 46 and ends about page 190. Unfortunately the page numbers have been cropped off so it is not possible to check continuity. Still a treasure trove of drawings and text.