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.
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