Technical data
Type S-12
Function Fighter
Recce
Year 1913
Crew 2
Engines 1*80hp Rhône, later Gnome
Wing Area 19.7m2
Empty Weight 419kg
Loaded Weight 681kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 34.5
Power load (kg/hp) 8.5
Ceiling 3680m

S-12, I.I.Sikorsky

(44k b/w) At the front airfield about 1915. The two pilots at the left are dressed in the typical flight suits of the Imperial Russian Air Force. The presence of the binoculars and map suggest the reconnaissance role played by most single-engine aircraft at the beginning af the World War I.
Courtesy of Carl J. Bobrow and Sergej Sikorsky;

Light development of the S-11, proposed by pilot G.V.Yankovsky (first on the left). It was the first aircraft of original Russian design to perform Nesterov Loop (G.V.Yankovsky). The same pilot set Russian altitude record in 1913, 3680m.

Stars may be seen on the fuselage and underwing. 32k photo from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.96;

Aircraft appears to be a success, built in small series (10-12 built) and was in service through the Civil War until 1922.



Sources:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.96-97;
  • 'Igor Sikorsky - The Russian Years' by K.N.Finne

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