|Wing area (m2)||8.56|
|Weights (kg) and loads|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||107.5|
|Power load (kg/hp)||2.56|
|Roll (m [sec])|
"Kvant" by MAI
"Kvant" (Quantum) advanced aerobatic trainer was designed at OSKBES MAI. It was a sophisticated aircraft, and its creation coincided with establishment of new experimental workshops and design bureau facilities.
A single-seat low wing cantilever monoplane, the "Kvant" taildragger has retractable landing gear. Fan-cooled radial engine drives variable-pitch propeller. Among novelties implemented on this airplane was a system of direct lift control system. It seems that "Kvant" layout is strongly influenced by last Soviet piston engine fighter La-11.
Two built "Kvant"s passed through complete ground and flight trials program. During trials, five official FAI World records were established. It was the first aircraft not built at major industrial plant to perform maiden flight at LII.
According to , in October 1967 "Kvant" appeared at the People's Education Pavilion at the Economic Achievement Exhibition (VDNKh, Moscow). There was a suggestion that the DOSAAF might sponsor "Kvant"s participation in the 1970 World Aerobatic Championships (Hullavington, England), but the Soviet Union was represented instead by Yak-18PM and Yak-18PM winning the event.
Large gap between the first aircraft presentation (1967) at the VDNKh and its first flight (according to MAI information, 1977) is obvious. Plus, aircraft presented at the Exhibition differs from ones at trials not only by the painting scheme, but also by canopy and landing gear cover details. I wonder if the early one is just a mockup?
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