|Power at 0m||65hp|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||42|
|Power load (kg/hp)||7.7|
|Speed at 0m||130km/h|
The SAM-6 was built to test a single-wheel landing gear. Wingtips were fitted with endplates, but those carried no controls and were used as extra stabilizers and outriggers support. It was had also a conventional tail unit and was powered with a 65hp engine. Construction was of wood-and-fabric, very simple. In the future single-wheel fighter plane was projected with Hispano 12Y engine.
Interestingly, that SAM-6 was built at the same time when R.L.Bartini carried out similar experiments with his Stal-6 aircraft. Due to secrecy restrictions and low priority of both projects, R.L.Bartini and A.S.Moskalev hardly had any way to exchange information.
Unlike the record-setter Stal-6, SAM-6 had limited goal of landing gear evaluation, and high performance was not an aim of the project. Construction was finished in 1934, and starting January 1935 number of taxies and flights were performed. SAM-6 was flown on both wheel and ski, proving reliability of unusual undercarriage.
|Created January 25, 1996
Modified October 22, 1999