Technical data
Type BICh-11
Function Test aircraft
Year 1932
Crew 1
Engines 1*27/35hp "Scorpion"
Length 3.89m
Wingspan 12.1m
Wing area 20.0m2

BICh-11/RP-1, B.I.Cheranovskij

16k b/w RP-11 drawing from the "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.483

Aircraft was built as a single-wheel Flying Wing glider.It was decided to install rocket engine OR-2 (under development by F.A.Tsander), and project was designated RP-1. In mid-February 1932 aircraft was transported to GIRD, and on February 22 was flown by S.P.Korolev (as a glider).Osoaviakhim funds for the rocket-propelled aircraft were allocated on February 25.

S.P.Korolev flew it also during IX Glider Competitions in 1933.

OR-2 was delayed, and BICh-11 was flown with 27hp "Scorpion" engine. It was one of the first powered flying wings ever to fly. Unfortunately delay of the rocked engine was too long - "warranty" of wooden glider expired before the OR-2 could be fitted on it.

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