Technical data
Type VM-5
Function Maritime fighter
Year 1916
Crew 1
Engines 1*130hp Clerget
Speed 150km/h (expected)
Armament 1*mg

VM-5, A.Yu.Villish

16k drawing from "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.255;

Naval fighter, designed under pressure of combat situation on Baltic Sea in 1917. Experience of service use of D.P.Grigorovich M-11 raised requirements for higher speed and overall performance.

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.


  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.254-255;

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