Technical data
Type Gakkel-2
Function Experimental
Year 1910
Crew 1
Engines 1*25hp Antoinette
Wingspan 7.5m
Wing area 29m2

Gakkel-II, Ya.M.Gakkel

The second aircraft built by Ya.M.Gakkel was a 'fuselage bimonoplane', what later will be called a classic biplane. In 1910 term 'biplane' was assigned to biplane with frame(s)/booms supporting the tail, when 'fuselage' was a characteristic part of a monoplane design. It was the world second aircraft built this way (the first one was built in France by L.Breget in 1909).

'Gakkel-II' had only central struts, wings were supported by tension wires and spars.

Aircraft failed to take off and was rebuilt into Gakkel-III.



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.59

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