Sikorsky S-5A


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Sikorsky S-5A

In mid-summer 1912, the Russian Imperial Navy ordered the first of a series of seaplanes from the RBVZ. To reduce the workload during preparations for the important army competitions, the numerically out-of-sequence S-5A was based on Sikorsky's S-6A, with a slightly smaller airframe, slender plywood-covered fuselage, twin floats and a 60hp Gnome engine. Underpowered, it was not accepted by the navy. In about March 1913, it was followed by this improved S-5A with a single main float, wing-tip stabilizing floats and an 80hp Gnome. The navy approved it for maritime reconnaissance, and sent it to its base at Revel in September 1914, after the outbreak of war.

Sikorsky S-5AA three-view drawing (1000 x 623)

 ENGINE1 x 60hp Gnome
  Wingspan12.0 m39 ft 4 in
  Length8.0 m26 ft 3 in
  Wing area30.0 m2322.92 sq ft

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