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2017-11-20

BACKGROUND  NOTES

 
     
 

Blackburn B-88YB1

 
     
  The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  
     
  See also : Related page : BE07ASW Mallard - Notes  

INTRODUCTION

The Blackburn B54/B88 was the contender of the Fairey Gannet to provide the Fleet Air Arm with a dual-role ASW and strike platform for their aircraft carriers.

Country

Op Role

QTY

Aircraft

Engine

1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967

United Kingdom

FAA

ASW

1

B54YA7

Griffon 56

1949 1955                        
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1

B54YA8

Griffon 56

1950 1954                        
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B88YB1

Double Mamba

1950 1955                        

The Mallard  in Atlantic Air Combat™

The Blackburn design will inspire a similar aircraft in Soviet Navy service.  The Tupolev 144 had the reputation to owe a lot to the Concorde, so in the absence of an interresting enough Soviet design to be cheated into an "operational" equivalent to a Gannet, an Alizé or a Tracker, the Blackburn B88YB1 will be the source of inspiration for a similar platform which will allegedly fullfil the ASW and AEW roles, with secondary attack/strike capacities.  As carrier based air transport and in-flight refueling are associated with a different aircraft type, there will be no COD nor tanker variants for the Mallard.

Since the Soviet Union designed and produced plenty of outstanding turboprop engines, it will be fictionnally powered by the 4,000 hp "IV.AI20L", echoeing the Ivchenko AI-20L propelling the Antonov 12 "Cub" (AN12TM3 Club in AAC parlance).  Any practicality issue regarding this association is dispensed with and will be handled as a de facto detail.

The Mallard  is allegedly produced by the Russian Believ aircraft manufacturer, and will be available in the colors of Soviet and Cuban Navies, and East German and Polish Air Forces.  It will be referred to under the following designations :

BE07ASW Mallard carrier borne (or land based) ASW platform with secondary air-to-surface attack capacities
BE07AEW Mallard carrier borne (or land based) AEW platform - exclusive to the game engine

The Mallard  in Atlantic Air Combat™

The AAC Believ BE07ASW Mallard is a turboprop powered, carrier borne ASW aircraft with a secondary attack role inspired by the Blackburn B88YB1.  It provides the fantasy CATOBAR Soviet aircraft carriers with and ASW platform.  It will fictionally provide the Soviet CAG with an AEW capacity as well.  The Mallard  will be available in both the Soviet and Cuban Navy colors, as well as in East German and Polish Air Force colors and will be referred to under the following AAC™ designations :

BE07ASW Mallard shipborne (or land based) ASW platform with secondary air-to-surface attack capacities
BE07AEW Mallard shipborne AEW platform - exclusive to the game engine

The Mallard  Weapons

As shown above, the Mallard  is equipped with wing guns, an element conspicuously absent from the equivalent British and French designs.  Internal weapons is a slightly different story as it is not easy to assemble information regarding the bomb bay capacity of these various designs; typical setups are documented (mix of depth charges and ASW torpedoes) but information regarding potential non typical warloads is scarce.

Bomb loads and other details are naturally fictional in Atlantic Air Combat™, but these are based on the following assumptions, reasonably ocumented information and fantasies :

General Details Breguet 1050
Alizé
Fairey
Gannet AS4
Blackburn
B88YB1
Believ
BE07ASW
Tupolev
Tu-91
Crew 4 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 2 -
Powerplant (×1) RDa7/21 2100 hp ASMD.3 3035 hp ASMD.1 2950 hp AI-20L 4000 hp IS.TV2M 7650 hp
Propeller 4-blade 11ft 8-blade 13ft 8-blade 13ft 6-blade 13ft 4-blade ?...
Radar Drum APS-33A Drum ASV-19B Drum ASV-19B Drum ASV19 / /
Length - 45'06" - 43'00" - 42'08" - 43'00" - 58'01"
Wingspan - 51'02" - 54'04" - 44'02" - 44'05" - 53'10"
Height - 16'05" - 13'09" - 16'09" - 16'09" - 16''07"
Internal fuel capacity - 550 gal - 600 gal - 600 gal - 600 gal - ?... gal
Weight - empty - 12566.lb - 14528 lb - 13100 lb - 13100 lb - 17600.lb
Weight - MTOW - 22500 lb - 23450 lb - 18260 lb - 27250 lb - 31750 lb
Ceiling - 26250.ft - 25000.ft - 25000.ft - - - 36000.ft
Range - 1350.nmi - 820.nmi - 820.nmi - - - 1270.nmi
Speed - cruise - 200.kn - 217 kn - 217 kn - - - -
Speed - maximum - 280.kn - 260 kn - 278 kn - 400 kn - 432 kn
Weapons - Internal Max 1870 lb Max 2860 lb Max ?... lb Max 4400 lb Max ?... lb
Guns / / / / / / NR-23 2×23mm NR-23 2×23mm
ASW depth charges and Mk54 1350 lb Mk11 3× 320 lb Mk11 3× 320 lb DCB25 2×550 lb ?... ?... lb
ASW torpedoes or L4 1×1170 lb Mk30 2× 650 lb Mk30 2× 650 lb ASWT4 2×840 lb ?... ?... lb
Bombs/Mines Mk64 1500 lb GP500 1500 lb GP500 1500 lb 44B25 6×550 lb ?... ?... lb
Weapons - External Max 1620 lb Max 3030 lb Max ?... lb Max ?... lb Max ?... lb
Pylons - inner (*=wet)
Pylons - central
Pylons - outer
2×470lb
2×170lb
2×170lb
940 lb
340 lb
340 lb
2×875lb
-
-
*1750 lb
-
-
?...
?...
?...
?... lb
?... lb
?... lb
2×1200lb
1750lb
-
*2400 lb
1500 lb
-
?...
?...
?...
?... lb
?... lb
?... lb
HVAR rockets T-10 (pylons) 16×RP-3 1280 lb - - 8×RS132 400 lb ?... ?... lb
  Alizé Gannet AS4 B88YB1 BE07ASW Tu-91
Maximum loads
ASW Torpedoes
ASW Depth charges
Bombs
Mines
Combine Total
Theoretical maximum
Gannet AS4 Gallant AS4 Havssula AS7
2× 650 lb 2× 650 lb -
3× 320 lb 3× 320 lb -
- - 4× 500 kg
- - -
2260 lb 2260 lb 4400 lb
2860 lb 3000 lb 4400 lb
B88YB1 Mallard
2× 650 lb -
3× 320 lb -
- 4× 500 kg
- -
2260 lb 4400 lb
?... lb 4400 lb
Br 1050 Alizé Tramontane
1×1170 lb -
2× 350 lb -
- 4× 400 kg
- -
1870 lb 3520 lb
?... lb 3520 lb
 
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