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Antonov, Oleg A-15 Flying Limousine
 
 
The single-seater A-15 is a high-performance Open Class design of all-metal construction like the A-11 and A-13 but considerably more refined than these earlier types, and capable of aerobatics, spinning and cloud flying. The prototype first flew on 26 March 1960 and the A-15 soon set up a number of records, including the World goal flight distance record of 443 miles / 714.023km in June 1960. The mid-set wing has a single aluminium main spar of box section, and there is a 50 litre (13.2gal) water ballast tank built into the wing; wing covering is all-metal. The light alloy ailerons and Fowler flaps have plastic foam filling between the ribs, and there are lift spoilers on the wing upper surfaces. Small end-plate fairings called 'salmons' can be fitted on the wing tips. The fuselage is a light alloy semi-monocoque structure and the sideways-opening blown plastic canopy opens to starboard. The pilot's back-rest and rudder pedals are adjustable, and there is provision for oxygen and radio. Landing gear consists of a retractable sprung monowheel with brake. The cantilever butterfly tail has an included angle of 90° between the tail surfaces; the tailplanes are of light alloy and the elevators of mixed alloy and wood construction with fabric covering.
 
Ant-A-15-2
 
Wing span: 17 m / 55 ft 9in
Length: 23ft 5in
Wing area: 12.3sq.m / 132 sq.ft
Empty Weight: 300kg / 661 lb
Gross Weight: 380kg/ 838 lb
Wing Load: 30.89 kg/sq.m / 6.32 lb/sq.ft
Water Ballast: 50kg / 110lb
Aspect ratio: 24
Airfoil: NACA
Max speed: 155mph (in smooth air)
Max aero-tow speed: 87mph
MinSink @ 48.5kt (90kph): 0.63m (2.07ft)/sec
Best glide ratio: 40:1 at 62mph
Structure: Aluminium Alloy
Seats: 1
No. Built: 350
 
 
 
 
 
 


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