Technical data
Type Gakkel-VI
Function Experimental
Amphibian
Year 1911
Crew 2
Engines 1*50hp Aerlikon
Length 10.5m
Wingspan 10.6m
Wing area 25m2
Empty weight 320kg
Loaded weight 570kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 27.0
Power load (kg/hp) 10.0

Gakkel-V, Ya.M.Gakkel

Gakkel-V, 20k b/w photo from the "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" Vol.1, p.133

Twin-float monoplane amphibian of unusual design, the first aircraft of this class built in Russia. Very long slender fuselages carried front elevator surfaces, tailplane with two rudders and central 'fuselage' shaped as a wing of thick airfoil with two seats for crew. Wing and engine were installed on tall struts.

Two were built on the RBVZ, but not tested because author concentrated his efforts on ground based aircraft and had no time to finish this project.

Despite unfinished, it won The Silver Medal on The First International Air-Sailing ("Vozdukhoplavatelnaja") show in St.Petersburg (1911).



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.133

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