Su-5, I-107 by P.O.Sukhoj

Three 16k views of 1/72 vacuform MPM model of the Su-5, by A.Savine
esign competing with the I-250, combining a piston engine and the VRDK jet booster. The Su-5 was a small aircraft, but due to the volume of the additional power unit, the fuselage was very deep.
In the second half of World War II, when the possibilities of the piston engined aircraft were nearly exhausted, there were new fighters, exploiting jet engines constructed in Germany, USA and United Kingdom.
In the USSR this program progressed slowly due to the evacuation of research and designing factories to the East. The priority was given to various proposals of mixed-power fighters. In 1943-1944 , an "accelerator" (VRDK) was constructed, designed by engineer Khalshchevnikov. Two prototypes were built: MiG-13/I-250 and Su-5/I-107.
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The P.O.Sukhoj Su-5 took off in spring 1945. It was powered by Klimov VK-107A 12-cylinder vee engine (1700hp/1240kW). The diameter of the constant four-blade propeller was 2.90m. Below the nose, there was a large air intake duct. The air was lead to the cooler and the compressor, as well. The compressed air was blown to the Khalshchevnikov's reaction engine in the rear fuselage.
To fulfill its interceptor tasks, the fighter was armed very well: a 23mm Nudelman cannon fired through the propeller spinner and two synchronized 12.7mm Berezin-UBS machine guns were housed in the engine cowling. Factory tests continued until mid June, 1945. The calculated top speed was 810km/h.
This testing program was cancelled in favor of more advanced design for "jet only" aircrafts, promising much better performance.
(From MPM (Modely Plastikvym Modelarum) manual to Su-5 model kit)
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  • Technical data
    Type Su-5
    Function fighter
    Year 1945
    Crew 1
    Engines 1650hp Klimov M-107A
    Khalshchevnikov VRDK
    Wing Span 10.56m
    Length 8.51m
    Wing Area 17.00m2
    Empty Weight 2954kg
    Maximum Weight 3804kg
    Speed 810km/h
    Ceiling 12000m
    Range 600km
    Armament 1*g23mm
    Modified February 18, 1997
    by Alexandre Savine;
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