Technical data
Type BICh-3
Function Experimental
Year 1926
Crew 1
Engines 1*18hp Blackburn-Tomtit
Length 3.5m
Wingspan 9.5m
Wing area 20.0m2
Empty weight 140kg
Loaded weight 230kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 11.5
Power load (kg/hp) 12.8
Landing Speed 40km/h

BICh-3 by B.I.Cheranovskij

16k b/w drawing of the BICh-3 "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.431

World first flying wing aircraft, developed from BICh-2 glider by installing 18hp 'Blackburn-Tomtit' engine. It had a rudder 'integrated' with the cockpit. Despite not a necessary control element (ailerons were sufficient to perform turns), rudder was very effective.

Series of flights (pilot B.N.Kudrin) in Moscow proved airworthiness of the BICh-3 scheme. Despite not the most stable aircraft in the air, it was very responsive to controls and easy to fly.

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  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.431;
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