Technical data
Type Meller-I
Year 1913
Crew 1
Engines 1*100hp Gnome-Monosaupape
Length 8.1m
Wingspan 13.7m
Wing area 35.0m2
Empty weight 460kg
Loaded weight 710kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 20.3
Power load (kg/hp) 7.1

Meller-II, Dux

32k drawing from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.105;

The first Russian aircraft to be equipped with folding wings for transportation purposes.

Biplane similar to Farman-XVI, but with modified tail - it was partially covered with fabric. During 1913 military aircraft contest tail was replaced by standard one from Farman-XVI.

The Meller-II page will not be complete without following fact: It was Meller-II (pilot A.M.Gaber-Vlynskij) that managed to drop its engine on the Sikorsky "Russky Vitjaz", damaging it badly. Gaber-Vlynskij landed his 'reliable single-engined light aircraft' safely...



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.105;

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