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Russian Beriev Be-200 Amphibious Jet Bomber (video)
November 27, 2009

The Beriev Be-200 Altair is a multipurpose amphibious aircraft designed by the Beriev Aircraft Company and manufactured by Irkut. Marketed as being designed for fire fighting, search and rescue, maritime patrol, cargo and passenger transportation, it has a capacity of 12 tonnes (12,000 litres) of water, or up to 72 passengers.

The name Altair was chosen after a competition amongst Beriev and Irkut staff in 2002/2003. The name Altair was chosen as it is not only the name of the alpha star in the Eagle constellation, but also because "Al" is the first part of the name of the A-40 amphibious aircraft Albatross, whose layout was the development basis for the creation of the Be-200, "ta" stands for Taganrog, and "ir" stands for Irkutsk.


Special thanks to my Dad and his U.S. Air Force Retired General buddies who sent this gem to me...

Yes, lots of retired USAF generals (and U.S. Army Air Corps officers...there are still quite a few alive who contact me, in fact!) are daily visitors to my website. And they make sure I keep all of my aviation and historical stuff very straight. I would love to name them, but I can't. Sorry.

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