Updated on September 4, 2013
Drawing by Tapani Tuomanen
Red 1 was one of the first production examples of the torpedo bomber version
of the DB-3, called DB-3T. The first batch of it was delivered in mid 1938.
Images from Airwar n.112
In the photos, we can see:
- the plane is equipped with M-86 engines, moving two V-85 propellers;
- it has a 45 cm 45-36-AN torpedo mounted on a T-18 pylon under the fuselage;
- it has narrow canopy and thin radio mast;
- it is finished with a bad quality light grey, that is chipping in massive
way leaving to see, probably, the greenish anodyzed finiture of the aluminium
alloy. Some parts, as the lower face of the cowling, look to have been freshly
repainted. This bad grey paint was replaced by a better silver painting over
a zinc chromate yellow background during 1938, and later with the AE-9 grey.