- Heavy Escort Fighter
Ta-3 - Heavy escort fighter developed by designer Vsevolod Konstantinovich Tairov.
In essence, it was a multipurpose fighter-attack aircraft with increased combat effectiveness due to high flight speed and maneuverability, enhanced booking and powerful cannon armament located near the axis of the aircraft, which allowed the use of large-caliber aircraft cannons and ensured high accuracy when firing in the air. Its main purpose was to fight enemy aircraft and tanks.
According to the TsAGI pilots, the aircraft was easy to control, accessible to combat pilots. The aircraft was capable of performing all aerobatics and flying on one engine up to an altitude of 4100 m.
Despite the positive attitude towards the aircraft of the military and the NKAP, it was not possible to bring the Ta-3 to mass production. On October 29, 1941, while flying to Kuibyshev, Tairov died in a plane crash in the Penza region.