Technical data
Type PS-9
Function Transport
Year 1933
Crew 2
Engines 2*500/680hp M-17
Length 17.01m
Wingspan 23.8m
Wing area 84.0m2
Empty weight 4400kg
Loaded weight 6200kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 74.0
Power load (kg/hp) 6.20
Speed at 0m 215km/h
Speed at 3000m 180km/h
Landing Speed 110km/h
Landing Roll 25sec
Takeoff Roll 16sec
Range 700km
Ceiling 5100m
1000m 6.0min
2000m 12.5min
3000m 18.5min
Seats 9
or Cargo 1080kg

PS-9 by A.N.Tupolev and S.I.Komarov

44k b/w "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.379

In 1932 engineer GVF Sergei Ivanovich Komarov proposed modification of the ANT-9 wing to accommodate two M-17 engines like was done on the R-6. Aircraft was ready in 1933 and went into mass production under designation PS-9.

Approx. sixty built, served with GVF until 1943.

PS-9 served at short/medium lines all over the USSR. Accumulated flight time exceeded 5,000h, up to 2,000 flights per plane. During The Great Patriotic War PS-9 were used as military transports. All-metal construction proved its high reliability.

44k b/w "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.379

One PS-9 was modified into propaganda aircraft, named 'Krokodil' after popular satiric magazine. Reptylish nose was added, as well as spine spikes. Aircraft also differed from series PS-9 by airdynamic fairings on the wheels and struts. V.B.Shavrov took part in this modification, together with designer V.N.Ushakov, artist B.Efimov and columnist M.Koltsov.

'Krokodil' served for several years with propaganda airgroup named after writer Maxim Gorky, performance was same as of normal PS-9.


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  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.473-474;
  • Tupolev Page
  • Tupolev Page

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