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General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
11.0 tEmpty weight
19.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
3 800 mCeiling
sec58.0/58.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
4 х Mikulin M-17Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
450 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.62 mm DA machine gun2 х Turret
420 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.62 mm DA machine gun3 х Turret
1 440 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
24 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
12 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 2
4 х 500 kg FAB-500 (welded) bomb
4 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb
Setup 3
Sl icon.png1 552/2 439/550Repair
1 400 Sl icon.pngCrew training
9 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.06 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


The TB-3M-17-32 is a Rank I gift Russian bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB).

General info

TB-3 is, in a nutshell a typical heavy bomber, and a very heavy, very slow one at that. It packs a truely majestic payload of 3000 kilos of bombs, however the problem is in getting this payload to its target. Maximum speed of TB-3 is less than 200 km/h and its flight will take a really long time during which the giant TB-3 will become a very easy and enticing target for all enemy fighters and even some bombers. All this combined with practically non existent manouverability makes this bomber a very vulnerable one and its pilots may consider themselves lucky if they reach the target - not mentioning the route back. However, the TB-3 is not at all defenceless. Five turrets with total of eight 7.62mm DA machine guns present quite an effective firepower - at least against fighters of the TB-3 age. When attacked, don't even bother with manouvers, man the turrets and open fire, it is the only hope of the TB. The effectivity of the turret fire is multiplied thanks to one previously mentioned factor - very low speed. As the maximum speed of TB-3 is equal to terminal speed of most of the fighters, these fighters will often have hard time intercepting the TB, while the TB gunners will gain great opportunity of hitting slowly approaching enemy planes. This tactics however doesn't work very well when attacked from below. In that case, pray.

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 3 800  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 3 800  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
450 450  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage


Offensive armament

      Main article: Bombs-->

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Large payload of up to 3,000 kg (6,613 lb) with different payload configurations, capable of destroying all bombing targets in a single run
  • Adequate defensive firepower capable of fending off enemy fighters effectively
  • Good damage absorption due to large size and strong construction
  • Difficult to hit by fast Boom & Zoom interceptors thanks to its low speed
  • Low rank fighters, can have difficulties (pending the skill of the fighter pilot) with climbing and reaching the flight level of TB-3
  • It never rips itself from a dive
  • Surprisingly maneuverable for it's size
  • Gunners have plenty of ammo before reloading


  • Very slow speed - is one of the slowest planes in game
  • Very slow climb rate - the speed loss while climbing is very significant and can be deadly due to the low overall speed
  • Almost no speed reserve for maneuvring, especially apparent when landing
  • There are no brakes, that you have to wait for the plane to glide to a full stop before rearming
  • Basically incapable of manuevering when attacked - survival depends on turret fire
  • Have no offensive armament and will require to slightly tip the plane forward for the turret to engage manually
  • No armour protection for the crew or modules
  • Large size makes large target for enemy fire, even flak
  • While relatively safe from fast interceptor fighters, the TB-3 is very vulnerable to agile and manoeuvrable planes


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USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT-BT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT-BT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU-MV-2B
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) /Early · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) /Late
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4 · Tu-14T
Pe  Pe-2-1 Peshka  · Pe-2-31 Peshka · Pe-2-83 Peshka · Pe-2-110 Peshka · Pe-2-205 Peshka · Pe-2-359 Peshka · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4 · IL-28 · IL-28Sh
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I UTK-1 · ▂B-25J-30 Mitchell