Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Under the Belly

Two shots of the V-4 airship gondola, early 1930s. Above, E.M. Oppman (commander) with flight students. Below, A.F. Pomerantsev (commander, second from the right) with flight technician, flight student and pilot.
Photos from E.M. Oppman archive (Source)

Built in 1930, the V-4 (СССР В-4) Komsomolskaya Pravda was a non-rigid airship powered by a single 185hp BMW IIIa engine. Modernized in 1932 (enclosed gondola, other improvements), she served until 1934.

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