I-8 (ANT-13)
Role Fighter
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Tupolev
First flight 1930
Status Retired
Number built 1

The Tupolev I-8 (also known as the ANT-13) was an experimental interceptor built in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Design and development

The I-8 was the first Soviet aircraft to exceed 300 km/h (190 mph; 160 kn) in level flight.[1] The aircraft was an exercise in developing the Polikarpov I-5 design by a group of engineers led by V. M. Rodionov, each of whom volunteered 70 hours of personal time to the project.[1]

The I-8 first flew on 28 October 1930 with M. M. Gromov at the controls. Despite promising performance, the aircraft did not advance beyond prototype phase because there were no plans to acquire the Curtiss V-1570 engine, and no domestic equivalent was available.[1]

Specifications (I-8)

Data from Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR do 1938 g. (3 izd.),[1] The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1975–1995,[2] The Complete Book of Fighters [3]

General characteristics

Performance

313 km/h (194 mph; 169 kn) at 3,600 m (11,800 ft)
5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 6 minutes 42 seconds

Armament

References

  1. ^ a b c d Shavrov V.B. (1985). Istoriia konstruktskii samoletov v SSSR do 1938 g. (3 izd.) (in Russian). Mashinostroenie. ISBN 5-217-03112-3.
  2. ^ Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1975–1995. London: Osprey. p. 392. ISBN 1-85532-405-9.
  3. ^ Green, William; Swanborough, Gordon (1994). The Complete Book of Fighters. London: Salamander. p. 571. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.