BICh-3 by B.I.Cheranovsky

16k b/w drawing of the BICh-3 "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.431

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orld first flying wing aircraft, developed from BICh-2 glider by installing 18hp 'Blackburn-Tomtit' engine. It had a rudder 'integrated' with the cockpit. Despite not a necessary control element (ailerons were sufficient to perform turns), rudder was very effective.
Series of flights (pilot B.N.Kudrin) in Moscow proved airworthiness of the BICh-3 scheme. Despite not the most stable aircraft in the air, it was very responsive to controls and easy to fly.
PredecessorsModifications
BICh-2 BICh-5
BICh-7

ReferencesLinks
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.431;
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  • Technical data
    Type BICh-3
    Function Experimental
    Year 1926
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*18hp Blackburn-Tomtit
    Length 3.5m
    Wingspan 9.5m
    Wing area 20.0m2
    Empty weight 140kg
    Loaded weight 230kg
    Wing load 11.5kg/m2
    Power load 12.8kg/hp
    Landing Speed 40km/h
    Created April 6, 1998
    by Alexandre Savine
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