- Aug 14, 2009
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Model of Myasishchev M-56 from USSR-Russian Aviation & Space Collectibles (Alex Panchenko).
12.5 inches length model of Myasishchev`s OKB-23 early project of M-56 cannard bomber. It wings and engines layout are similar to that of the earlier M-52. By mid-1960 M-52 was abandoned for the even more advanced M-56.Design work on M-56K complex-the M-56 aircraft with the Kh-22 missiles-began 1958 and a number of different variants considered. In October 1960, Myasishchev`s OKB-23 was incorporated as a branch office of Vladimir Chelomey`s OKB-52, working on space missile systems.And Vladimir Myasishchev meanwhile, was promoted to become a director of TSAGI (Central Aerodynamic and Hydrodynamic Institute).A full-size mock up of M-56 was built and the maiden flight was expected in mid 1963, but Government resolution stopped the works on project and M-56 designs existed only as models at Myasishchev Design Bureau.