Technical data
Type Gakkel-VIII
Function Experimental
Trainer
Year 1912
Crew 2
Engines 1*80hp Argus
Length 9.0m
Wingspan 10.5m
Wing area 44m2
Empty weight 504kg
Loaded weight 724kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 26.5
Power load (kg/hp) 9.1
Ceiling 1350m

Gakkel-VIII, Ya.M.Gakkel

Gakkel-8, 32k b/w photo from the "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" Vol.1, p.63

Development of the Type VII, built for The Military Aircraft Contest (1912). Fuselage of rectangular cross-section had improved aerodynamics. Radiator was installed under the upper wing together with two fuel tanks of increased volume. General quality of design was much higher than one of its predecessor.

Before the Contest (see details Gakkel-IX page) it was presented on the Second International Airshow (Vystavka Vozdukhoplavania) in Moscow, and won the Large Golden Medal.

After the Airshow the Russian ceiling record was set (1350m) by pilot G.V.Alekhnovich. Alekhnovich also performed several night flights with landing on field, illuminated by burning gasoline. Several public flights were performed in Kursk, Smolensk, Viazma, Gomel.



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.62-63

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