- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-8
MiG-8 Utka A MiG-8 in flight Role Experimental/liaison aircraft Manufacturer Mikoyan-Gurevich First flight August 13, 1945 Status Retired Number built 1
Design and development
Nicknamed Utka ("duck"), as the word canard (referring to its small forward wings) is French for "Duck", the MiG-8 was an experimental aircraft designed and funded exclusively by MiG OKB for testing a fixed-wing aircraft with a smaller forward surface and a main lifting surface aftwards on the fuselage. This design has benefits in a jet-powered aircraft as it leaves the rear of the fuselage clear of interference from the jet's exhausts. To test the concept the MiG-8 was powered by a Shvetsov M-11 five cylinder radial engine, with a pusher propeller.
Being made of wood and fabric, it was very light and reportedly a favorite among MiG OKB test pilots for its docile, slow-speed handling characteristics.
Data from Gunston, The Osprey Encyclopaedia of Russian Aircraft 1875–1995
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 2
- Length: 6.995 m (22 ft 11.4 in)
- Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
- Airfoil: Clark YH
- Empty weight: 642 kg (1,415 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,150 kg (2,535 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 195 litres (43 imp gal; 52 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × de-rated Shvetsov M-11FM five cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 82 kW (110 hp)
- Propellers: 2-bladed, 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in) diameter
- Maximum speed: 205 km/h (127 mph; 111 kn)
- Range: 500 km (311 mi; 270 nmi)
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