|Weights and loads|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||54.8|
|Power load (kg/hp)||4.25|
|Maximum at 0m||272km/h|
In 1942 Moscow Defence District (MVO) Command placed an order for the 'Light Headquarter Liaison' aircraft at the Front Line Repair Workshops of the MVO. V.V.Nikitin was a Designer General (and Technologist Major) of those Workshops, and he chose to modify his well-tested U-5 trainer to fulfill the Command demands.
MG-31F engine was chosen, aircraft structure was changed and strengthened accordingly. The upper wing was taken from the I-153. Root parts cut away so the wing span was same as for U-5. Fuselage frame - steel tubes, with plywood skinning.
Pilot's cockpit and passenger cabin were enclosed by common plexiglas canopy. Two passengers were 'mounted' on simple bench-type seat.
Aircraft was ready same year (1942) and served until 1944. This reliable workhorse plane performed over 600 missions from Leningrad to Stalingrad, survived several German fighter attacks, receiving a score of bulletholes. Minor damages were fixed in-field, no engine failures accounted for.
|48k b/w LSh from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.98;
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