To satisfy all those requirements aircraft was made very slim and more powerful engine was installed. Tail surfaces were very compact (rudder and elevators - 3.2m2, tailplane - just 0.5m2).
Aircraft was finished too late (Winter 1917), and it was decided to try it on skis. But in early 1918 interest in VM-5 faded, because there already was operational flying boat (MI/Engels-I), which demonstrated higher speed than was expected from the unfinished VM-5.
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