The BE-200 altair - an amphibious airplane


At the 2012 International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation (also known as simply Hydroaviasalon) in Gelanzhik, the Russian Beriev Be-200 seaplane made quite an impression. In only two flights, the aircraft managed to set 26 world records.

At the 2012 International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation (also known as simply Hydroaviasalon) in Gelanzhik, the Russian Beriev Be-200 seaplane made quite an impression. In only two flights, the aircraft managed to set 26 world records. Design on the amphibious aircraft began in the 1990s. Ten years later the plane took its first test flight, and after much more labour-intensive work, the craft became a leading development not only in Russian hydroaviation, but all over the world. The Be-200 fire-fighting aircraft is capable of collecting 12 tonnes of water on board in only 15 seconds. Due to the multifunctional performance of these machines, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has become the primary consumer of the aircraft. Tune in to RTG’s new programme to learn more about this flying amphibian that is assembled at the Beriev Aircraft Company in Taganrog.