Technical data
Type SAM-13
Function Experimental
Year 1940
Crew 1
Engines 2*236hp Renault Bengali MV-6
Length 7.85m
Wingspan 7.30m
Wing area 9.0m2
Empty weight 745kg
Loaded weight 1183kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 131
Power load (kg/hp) 7
Speed at 0m
Speed at ?
Landing Speed 125km/h
Guns 4*mg7.62mm ?

SAM-13 by A.S.Moskalev

70k b/w photo, courtesy of Sergey Andreev

A twin-engined push/pull wooden fighter with twin tail booms. The tail unit was unconventional: a single fin was fitted on the center of the tailplane. Typical for push-pull aircraft problem of pilot escape was solved by adding a device locking rear propeller in horizontal position.

Tricycle landing gear was completely retractable, fuselage was very slim and airdynamically clean. Several problems were linked to extremely small wing area - long Takeoff Roll, insufficient climb rate and ceiling, difficult takeoff and landing.

Aircraft was flown twice by pilot N.D.Fikson in the beginning of 1940 (factory trials). Maximum speed trials were not performed because gear retraction system was not tuned in time. For a long time aircraft was tested in full-size TsAGI wind tunnel. Later in LII taxi trials continued (M.L.Gallay). Trials stopped with German invasion.

No materials or reports are known to survive.

One built.

56k and 20k b/w drawings, courtesy of Sergey Andreev

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.2 p.110-111;
  • SAM-13, Moskalev
  • SAM-13 at Paul McIntosh R/C Pylon Racing Page

  • Modified February 06, 1998
    and Sergey Andreev;
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