Technical data
Type Monoplane by Kovanko
Function Trainer
Year 1913
Crew 1
Engines 1*50hp 'Gnome'

Monoplane by A.A.Kovanko

52k b/w photo from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.121

Designer of this aircraft Alexandre Alexandrovich Kovanko was a flight instructor at Gatchina Pilot School, son of famous 'balloon rider' general A.M.Kovanko.

He put together parts of different aircraft:

Result was an unusual pusher monoplane with twin frame tailbooms. During test flights pilot's compartment was covered with fabric, providing slick nacell (not appears on the photo).

Unlike other aircraft with similar layout (Meller-I, Dux-2), this monoplane was a good performer and turned to be very reliable and easy to service. Two more vere ordered by Military Department, built and used in Gatchina school as a trainer.



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.121-122;

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