Although usually attributed to the Mikoya Gurevich design bureau and certainly assign the designation MiG-8, the Utka (Duck) three seat tail-first monoplane was apparently designed by students of the Zhukovskii Academy under the supervision of Prof G A Tokaev as a research project and built at the MiG bureau’s experimental factory.
A light high-wing canard monoplane with pusher propeller, built of wood with fabric cover, the Utka was completed and flown in 1945, intended primarily to study low-speed control problems associated with wing sweepback at low speed. The wings were swept 20 deg, carried splayed vertical surfaces at mid-span and featured leading-edge slats which occupied approximately one-third span outboard. Elevators were carried by the canard surface. The aircraft was flown in two variants, differed by location of the rudders.
Test pilots A.I.Zhukov and A.N.Grinchik flew it in the end of 1945. Apparently it performed well without any modifications.
Engine: five cylinder M-l1FM air-cooled radial, 150 hp / 81kW
Wing span: 3l ft 2in (9,50 m)
Length: 23 ft 3.5 in (7,10 m)
Wing area: 170.07sq ft (15.8 sq.m).
Max take-off weight: 1150 kg / 2535 lb
Empty weight: 640 kg / 1411 lb
Maximum speed: 127 mph (205 km/h)
Maximum endurance: 5.0 hours
Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-8 Utka