Technical data
Type Torpedo
Function fighter
Year 1917
Crew 2
Engines 1*110hp Le Rhône 9J
Speed -
Ceiling 5000m
Range -
Armament -
Climb
1000m 4.0min
3000m 17.0min
Takeoff roll 82m
Landing Roll 65m

Torpedo, V.M.Olkhovskij

"Torpedo" with engine cowling removed, 44k b/w from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.198;

Two-seat monoplane fighter with a wooden monocoque fuselage, the first such aircraft built in Russia. Fuselage had very clean lines, engine was completely covered with cowling, propeller carried large spinner. The designer's mistake was a split wing, what resulted in increased drug and losses in lift.

One built on the Anatra factory in February 1917. Flown on March 6-20 in Odessa. Aircraft flew well.

Some sources note that 'Torpedo' was found unsuitable due to overweight. Shavrov's explanation about messy split wing sounds more realistic.

Was used later in Odessa pilot school for training.



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.199;

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