Technical data
Type DH-9/R-1
Function Reconnaissater, light bomber
Year 1922
Crew 2
Engines 1*260hp Mercedes
Length 9.38m
Wingspan 12.94m
Wing area 40.00m2
Empty weight 1200kg
Loaded weight 1720kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 43.0
Power load (kg/hp) 6.6
Speed at 0m 170km/h
Landing Speed 95km/h
Range 680km
Flight Endurance 4h
Ceiling 4580m
1000m 6.5min
2000m 15.0min
3000m 28.0min
Guns 2*mg

DH-9, R-1, de Havilland (Britain) /N.N.Polikarpov

Development of the DH-4 British light bomber/reconnaissater. N.N.Polikarpov was steadily working on blueprints for DH-4 assembly lines. During the Civil War some latest DH-9 and DH-9a were captured, and modifications were included into the project. After the War engines were acquired and in 1922 few dozens DH-9 airframes were purchased in Great Britain.

In 1921 one of captured DH-9 was equipped with radiostation, and on September 28 (or 30?) first successful communication between pilot and ground station was established during trials at Moscow experimental airfield.

Aircraft was designated R-1 and was powered with 260hp Mercedes engine. Differed from Russian-built DH-4 by the engine and location of cockpits.

About 100 were built in 1922- 1923.

Gained experience helped to start production of the 'all-Russian' R-1.

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.332-333;
  • Links
  • R1/R2 at Virtual Aircraft Museum

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