Technical data
Type Su-17, 'R'
Function Experimental interceptor
Year 1949
Crew 1
Engines 1*4600kg TR-3
Length 15.25m
Wingspan 9.95m
Wing area 27.5m2
Empty weight 6240kg
Loaded weight 7390kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 268
Speed at 0m 1252km/h (calc.)
Speed at 5km 1207km/h (calc.)
Speed at 10km1152km/h (calc.)
Takeoff Roll 460m (calc.)
Range 1080km (calc.)
Ceiling 14500m (calc.)
10km 3.5min
Guns 2*37mm N-37, 80rounds

Su-17 ('R') by P.O.Sukhoj

100k b/w photo, Su-17 at LII, courtesy of Sergey Andreev;

The first aircraft to carry Su-17 designation. Supersonic swept-wing (50°) single-seater. It was equipped with dropable pilot compartment, airbrakes, booster controls.

Design was based on detailed calculations and experimental data.

How the Su-17 could look like in flight (18k b/w), at "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.346

Aircraft was ready for trials, but never took off - because P.O.Sukhoj was disbanded.

17k Drawing of Su-17, "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.346

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.346-347;
  • Su-17 experimental fighters
  • Soviet Supersonic Fighters Prototypes

  • Created April 24, 1998
    with help of Sergey Andreev
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