General Information
Type U-5 LSh
Function Liaison
Year 1942
Crew 1
Type MG-31F
Power 330hp
Length 7.75m
Height ?m
Wingspan 9.84m
Wing area 25.53m2
Weights and loads
Empty 880kg
Loaded 1400kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 54.8
Power load (kg/hp) 4.25
Maximum at 0m 272km/h
Cruise 240km/h
Landing 75km/h
Landing 130m (11sec)
Takeoff 40m (6sec)
Practical 1000km
Flight Endurance 4.5h
Ceiling m
1000m ?min
Fuel+Oil 250+30kg
Seats 2

U-5 MG-31F (LSh) by V.V.Nikitin

U-5 MG-31F (LSh) by V.V.Nikitin
71k b/w U-5 (LSh variant) from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.98

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;
Used for background on this page.
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.98-99;
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