General Information
Type MB-bis
Function fighter
Year 1916
Crew 1
Engines 1*80hp Rhone
Length 6.1m
Wingspan 7.9m
Wing area 12m2
Empty weight 322kg
Loaded weight 487kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 40.6
Power load (kg/hp) 6.1
Maximum Speed 130km/h
Ceiling 4000m
Climb
1000m 3.5min
3000m 15.0min
Armament
Guns 1*mg

MB-bis, F.E.Mosca, Bystritskij

24k b/w photo from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.173

Smaller version of MB with more powerful engine, armed with single machinegun. Wings were folding, same way as on the predecessor. Fighter performed well, despite it was not equipped with synchronizer. On some MB-bis it was installed to fire above propeller arc (see picture), on other - propeller blades were protected by 'bullet-reflectors'.

24k b/w photo from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.173

Success of MB-bis helped F.E.Mosca to obtain 50k rubles subsidy. Aircraft was in production for more than two years (50 built until 1918 and some - later).


Predecessor: More pictures
At Watson's Military collection;

MB
, 2 seat recce;

73 k b/w

32k color

8k b/w,
used here for a background

ReferencesLinks
"History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.174;
  • MB-bis
  • Mosca MB 2bis page at Watson's Military collection;

  • Modified August 25, 1998
    with help of Sergei Mochtchenkov
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