This is a brochure for the Russian Beriev BE-200 Multipurpose Amphibian Aircraft, printed in both Russian and English. It has 8 pages, including both covers. After the cover (see left half of first picture) the inside cover has "Main Data" (Basic Specifications) in both Russian and English. (In metric units) The next page is a repeat of the cover, with the title underneath "Beriev BE-200 Multipurpose Amphibian Aircraft" in both English and Russian.The next page, in both Russian and English, has text which describes how the Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association, after years of work on military aircraft production, has started work on civil aircraft and the BE-200 design was chosen. The text then describes the uses of the aircraft, especially for firefighting, given its ability to scoop water and operate from "inland water reservoirs and sea areas.....and from unpaved runways of up to 1800 m in length, and from snow covered platforms with the ski landing gear installed." It continues with descriptions of other tasks, such as passenger and cargo transportation, search and rescue, etc. Opposite that page is one with three view drawings. (see right half of first picture) The next page, again in both Russian and English, has text about the purpose, including scooping water for firefighting (up to 12 t), carrying up to 30 firemen-paramen, carrying up to 68 passengers in tourist class, 8 t of cargo over a range of 1100 km and 7 medical attendants and 30 stretcher cases in the ambulance version. It also has text about the design, including descriptions of the landing gear, cargo doors, engines, flaps, etc. (see left half of second picture). Opposite that page are four different drawings of the aircraft fitted for firefighting, passenger and cargo transport and as an ambulance. (see right half of second picture) The back cover has the address, etc. of the Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association in Irkutsk, Russia, with the name of Alexei Fyodorov listed as Chief Engineer. It is undated, but was acquired in the early 1990s, and is very likely the first brochure produced, as some of the data described in the brochure has changed. (see below) According to Wickipedia, the BE-200 first flew in 1998, and has been demonstrated at various air shows, including the Paris Air Show. Technical data given states that 64, not 68, passengers can be transported in economy class. Seven have been ordered by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. The brochure is in MINT CONDITION, with no marks, cuts, tears, folds or creases. It will be packed in cardboard to prevent damage when shipped. International bidders--e-mail for Shipping and Handling charges. A rare and unique aircraft brochure for your collection!
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