|Wing Load (kg/m2)||170.2||177.7|
|Power load (kg/hp)||2.47||2.58|
|Maximum Speed at 0m||508km/h||521km/h|
|Maximum Speed at 7000m||648km/h||626km/h|
|Climb to 5000m||5.3min||5.3min|
|Guns||1mg*12.7mm UBS 300rpg
2mg*7.62mm ShKAS 375rpg
|1mg*12.7mm UBS 300rpg
2mg*7.62mm ShKAS 750rpg
or 2*100kg (FAB-100)
The first of a distinguished line, but it was an inauspicious start. Development started in 1938, when Mikoyan and Gurevich started project of single-seat interceptor (actually continued N.N.Polikarpov's 'Kh' project). Aircraft was powered AM-35 V-engine, one of the most powerful engines in the world in its category. Of two completed projects only one (the I-200) went ahead - small (smallest possible to be powered with AM-35) slim low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear. Airframe and covering were composite, wood and metal.
The first prototype I-200 was first flown on April 5 1940 by Arkadij Ekatov on the Khodynka (Frunze) Airfield in Moscow. During initial test aircraft proved to be an excellent performer as interceptor (as far as speed was the major concern), touching 648.5km/h at 6900m on May 24. Aircraft was placed into production despite serious faults - lack of maneuverability (due to small overloaded wings), limited range, weak protection and armament (actually all those are payment for small size). It also had poor spin performance (several fatalities) due to back-shifted center of gravity.
All (except few early batches) were equipped with protected fuel tanks.
|Modified October 12, 1997||Back to|