Conceived to make use of new high-strength steels obtainable from Germany in the late 'twenties, the ANT-13 was a small unequal-span staggered biplane single-seat fighter. Utilising steel for the wing spars and the welded truss fuselage - the remainder of the structure being dural - the ANT-13 was fabric covered and powered by a 600hp Curtiss V-1570 Conqueror 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. Armament consisted of twin 7.62mm synchronised guns. Construction of the prototype, designated I-8, was threatened with cancellation in 1929 through the pressures of higher priority projects at the AGOS, but each worker donated 70 hours to completing the I-8, which was flown on 28 October 1930. Dubbed unofficially the Zhokei (Jockey), the fighter was the first aircraft to exceed 300km/h in the Soviet Union, but the decision not to licence manufacture the Conqueror engine militated against series production of the ANT-13.
|A three-view drawing (1690 x 1230)|
| Take-off weight||1424 kg||3139 lb|
| Empty weight||960 kg||2116 lb|
| Wingspan||9.00 m||30 ft 6 in|
| Max. speed||313 km/h||194 mph|
| Range||440 km||273 miles|
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