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TsAGI A-15


Intended as fastest autogyro of day, two-seat wingless machine using A-12 and A-14 technology and with usual welded KhMA structure. Scheibe fins on braced tailplane with elevators and direct-control rotor. Main gears with vertical shock struts carried on triangulared outriggers each side of fuselage. Pilot with synchronized ShKAS and observer with twin ShKAS and AFA-13 reconnaissance camera. Chief designer M.L.Mil, construction manager A.A.Kuznetsov. Completed April 1937 and taxi tests began by Chyernavskii and Ivanov, but A-12 crash caused further work to be halted. No reason to doubt airworthiness of A-15 but effectively terminated Soviet autogyro development. Autogyros picked up again at Kharkov, Kuibyshev and Riga 30 years later.

Engine: 1 x M-25V
Rotor diameter: 18.0m
Length: 8.6m
Height: 4.1m
Weight empty: 1695kg
Fuel+oil: 385+40kg
Weight loaded: 2560kg
Est. max speed: 260km/h
Min speed: 50km/h
Ceiling: 6400m
Take-off run: 35-60m
Landing run: 0m


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