The rare cross-country vehicle ZIL 49065 Blue bird. Created to search for and evacuate landed crews of spacecrafts

Only 25 copies made. Engine – ZIL 130 with tuning, 6 L. Years of production – 1971 – 1991. ZiL museum, Moscow

ZIL-49061 “Blue Bird” – a Soviet three-axle all-wheel drive floating vehicle based on the ZIL-4906 all-terrain vehicle. It was originally created as an all-terrain vehicle designed to search for and evacuate landed spacecraft crews.

Participated in 1992 in providing the world’s first private space launch “Europe-America 500”.

The first prototype car was built in 1971. Produced from 1980 to November 1991. The search and rescue complex “Blue Bird” entered the supply of the USSR Air Force PSS in the first half of the 1980s and replaced the PES-1 family of vehicles of a similar purpose.

Specifications

Engine power, HP — 136, 185, 150
Transmission – 10-speed
Suspension – independent, torsion bar
Brakes – disc
Body – fiberglass
Additional equipment – radio navigation devices, rescue equipment
Gross weight, t – 9.6 … 11.8
Movement speed, km/h:
on the highway – 75 … 80
afloat — 8…9…10
minimum stable – 0.9
Dimensions, mm:
length – 9250
width – 2480
height – 2944
Fuel consumption – 65 l / 100 km.

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