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Hi!
This picture shows Suisei type 43(D4Y4) later model with metal covered cockpit rear part.
Basically this was a single seater for special attack use. But if required, this type could have rear seat for navigator.
Dive bombing with 800kg bomb was never planned. Slow descent bombing with 800kg was planned when special attack.

The following remodeling was applied to 43 types.
(1)The device that sends out the bomb outside the propeller was abolished.
(2)The bomb hold door was abolished because the bomb of 800kg was not able to be accommodated.
(3)A fixed machine gun of the nose was abolished.
(4)Turning machine guns in the rear of the cockpit were abolished.
(5)Bulletproof steel plates were added before and after the cockpit.
(6)Bulletproof glass of 75mm was added to the front of the windshield.
(7)The fuel tank became a bulletproof type.

Source : https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=25914.0;attach=585600;image

Hi Blackkite,

But as you said this is the later model. What about the early model? As one of Justo's images suggests that there was changes made to the bomb bay area (not specified) between the early and late versions?
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KC-Z already build or what?

What’s that got to do with it?
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Thanks for excellent information!!
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Space Projects / Re: Virgin Galactic's orbital plans
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 02:04:37 am »
Virgin Orbit - Cosmic Girl Flight Test

Virgin Orbit
Published on Sep 21, 2017


All of our flights to space with LauncherOne will start with our flying launch pad, a Boeing 747-400 named Cosmic Girl. Cosmic Girl is already active in our rigorous flight test program. Recently, our friends at Virgin Galactic captured some fun air-to-air footage of Cosmic Girl in the skies above Mojave. Thanks also to our friends at Virgin Atlantic for taking such great care of Cosmic Girl when she was a baby!

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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Westland Wyvern - Development and Projects
« Last post by Hood on Today at 01:24:07 am »
The brief information I put together for that shipbucket page was based on entries in Tony Buttler's BSP Vol.3 and the Westland Putnam.
Friedman in British Carrier Aviation also touched on the original mid-engine layout design.
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Space Projects / Re: Tupolev Tu-2000 & other VKS projects
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 05:32:23 pm »
Source:
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tupolev-tu-2000-concept-aircraft-ria-novosti.html

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Model of the Tupolev Tu-2000 hypersonic aircraft, proposed by the Tupolev design bureau. This spaceplane design was intended to have been built in two versions powered by turboramjets and rockets. One was a long-range bomber, flying up to 10,000km at speeds of up to Mach 6 at an altitude of 30,000 metres. The other was an orbital spaceplane capable of delivering payloads of up to 10 tonnes into low-Earth orbit. Originally designed for the Soviet Union, development then continued for use by the Russian Air Force until it was eventually cancelled in 1992. Photographed in Russia.
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Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Yokosuka D4Y1/2 'Suisei", Projects & Variants
« Last post by blackkite on Yesterday at 04:39:47 pm »
Hi!
This picture shows Suisei type 43(D4Y4) later model with metal covered cockpit rear part.
Basically this was a single seater for special attack use. But if required, this type could have rear seat for navigator.
Dive bombing with 800kg bomb was never planned. Slow descent bombing with 800kg was planned when special attack.

The following remodeling was applied to 43 types.
(1)The device that sends out the bomb outside the propeller was abolished.
(2)The bomb hold door was abolished because the bomb of 800kg was not able to be accommodated.
(3)A fixed machine gun of the nose was abolished.
(4)Turning machine guns in the rear of the cockpit were abolished.
(5)Bulletproof steel plates were added before and after the cockpit.
(6)Bulletproof glass of 75mm was added to the front of the windshield.
(7)The fuel tank became a bulletproof type.

Source : https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=25914.0;attach=585600;image
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Model of Tupolev Tu-230

Source:
https://lib.rus.ec/b/280155/read

Is the Tu-230 getting built or is it still on the design stages?
It seems to me that the Il-214 will be filling the role.

A shame that, but it is a good idea to have Ilyushin involved in new design's too, otherwise they would end up going under.
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