Rolled out at Novosibirsk on 25 October 1948 and first flown in January 1949, the Su-15, or Samolet P, was a single-seat all-weather interceptor. It was powered by two 2270kg RD-45F turbojets mounted in tandem, the forward engine exhausting beneath the centre fuselage and the aft engine exhausting via an orifice in the extreme tail. The pilot's pressurised cockpit was offset to port, a tunnel feeding air to the rearmost turbojet passing to starboard. The air intake was surmounted by a radome intended to accommodate Izumrud (Emerald) AI radar, the single-spar wings were sweptback 35° at quarter chord and armament comprised two 37mm cannon. During its 39th flight, on 3 June 1949, the Su-15 developed uncontrollable flutter, its pilot ejecting. At that time a second prototype was still incomplete and the development programme was abandoned.
| Take-off weight||10437 kg||23010 lb|
| Empty weight||7409 kg||16334 lb|
| Wingspan||12.87 m||42 ft 3 in|
| Length||15.44 m||51 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||36.00 m2||387.50 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1032 km/h||641 mph|
| Range||1600 km||994 miles|
|A three-view drawing (1637 x 1060)|
|Paul Scott, 24.01.2015|
Strange-looking aircraft, but important in the early years development of Soviet aircraft.
Radar was a Toriy, not Izumrud. Rolled out September 1947. First flight attempt on 10/11/1947 and crash after became airborne (can we call it flight?). Then 11/01/1949 first real flight. Many troubles (eg. aeroelastic, flutter, vibrations), disaster on 3/6/1949 with pilot ejection and crash.
Imagine this aircraft with two axial-flow turbojets mounted side-by-side, it would be a sleek and elegant machine! Maybe it was intended this way, but the radial-flow turbojets originating from the British R.R. Nene could only fit that way.
für NADIA !!! im jahr 1949 wurde das konstruktionsbüro von suchoj wegen erfolglosigkeit von stalin geschlossen . die erste arbeitsperiode endete mit der SU - 17 (modell R ). nach dem tod von stalin im märz 1953 wurde das konstruktionsbüro neugegründet . als erstes entstanden die beiden prototypen E-2A und E-5 . sie wurden später zur SU - 7B ( modell S22 )diese zweite schaffensperiode dauert bis heute an . (quelle : w.bergholz , russlands große flugzeugbauer )
This plane was very ugly
Is a possible development of Me-163?
Rare bird. Most people are confused because the same designation was later used again on SU-15 Flagon 1967
Nearly impossible to see...
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