Technical data
Type Sh-Tandem-MAI
Function Ground Attack, Experimental
Year 1937
Crew 2
Powerplant (1)
Type M-87
Power 930hp
Size (m)
Length 8.5
Wingspan 11.0
Wing area 30.4m2
Weights (kg) and loads
Loaded weight 2560 (3088?)
Wing Load (kg/m2) 84
Power load (kg/hp) 3.3
Speed (km/h)
0m 460
4200m 488
Armament
Guns 5*ShKAS
Bombs 200kg

Sh-Tandem, Tandem-MAI, MAI-3, P.D.Grushin/ MAI

32k b/w photo from the "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" Vol.2, p.51

Experimental ground attack aircraft, with tail planes as large as 45% of the wing area. Elevators (on the 'tail' wing) served also as ailerons. Twin tailfins placed BELOW the 'tail wing' for unrestricted gunner's operation. Main gear was retractable.

20k b/w photo from the "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" Vol.2, p.51

This wonder of nature was built in MAI workshops. Flight test started December 5, 1937 and lasted until 1939 (pilot P.M.Stefanovsky). Results were positive, better than typically observed for tandem aircraft. But lack of support did not allow the aircraft to enter mass production.





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