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Cheranovski BICh-9 Gnom
The BICh-9 Glider, called “Gnom” (Gnome), (Russian: Черановский БИЧ-9 “Гном”) was built in Moscow in 1929 with the aim of participating in the VI National Sailing Competitions.
The BICh-9 was the smallest glider of all those presented in the contest. The pilot, VA Stepanchonok, made three flights with a total duration of 17 minutes. The flights were not continued because it was considered that the glider had problems with the selection of its center of gravity and the ailerons had little travel.
The BICh-9 was designed as a high-wing monoplane built entirely of wood. The wing had a structure with a paraboidal leading edge and a totally straight trailing edge. The entire coating was made with plywood sheets.
The tail planes and the empennage also had curved leading edges. The fuselage featured a plywood-covered wooden frame. At its bottom was the landing gear in the form of a ski with air cushioning using an inflated bicycle chamber between the fuselage and the lander.
The pilot was located in an open cockpit forward, just in front of the wing leading edge.

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