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#1 Mig Eater

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 04:44 PM

I'm been doing nothing but ini & shp work for a month so I took a brake & quickly made a voxel of the BICh-26.

Cheranovskij originally started work on a tailless jet fighter project in 1944 which lead to the BICh-24, extensive wind tunnel testing was done on several models however development never progressed any further. Research continued & lead to a variable-sweep wing design with an outboard wing pivot in 1948 called the BICh-25, very little other information is know about this aircraft tho. Around the same time Cheranovskij designed the BICh-26 which externally looked very similar to the BICh-24, a tailless delta wing design with a single fin & engine. Several more years where spent refining the design & demonstration models where built, but by then less complex & more readably available design from Mikoyan & Sukhoi where being built & then with the death of Cheranovskij the whole project was cancelled.


Cheranovskij BICh-26:
Crew: 1
Length: 9 m (29 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 7 m (23 ft in)
Wing area: 27 m² (291 ft²)
Gross weight: 4.500 kg (9,920 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Mikulin AM-5 turbojet, 44.15 kN (9,920 lbf) thrust
Maximum speed: Mach 1.7
Service ceiling: 22,000 m (72,000 ft)

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Information on this plane is very rare & there are no images of it on the net (that I can find) so I scanned several from the book "Soviet Secret Projects: Fighters Since 1945".

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This is from the cover of "Secret Projects: Flying Wings And Tailless Aircraft", which shows the BICh-26 intercepting American B-49 bombers. Unfortunately it's the only book in the Secret Projects series I don't have but it's next on my shopping list!

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#2 OmegaBolt

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:56 PM

Cool design.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 05:01 PM

I love these "could have been" weapons. Imagine the battles....

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 09:56 AM

AW :( Such a nice looking thing, cancelled. Oh well, you know what they say; "Lifes a BICh and then you die."
Can't rival the Vulcan for looks, even so.
Uninteresting Signature.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:13 AM

What if I said I was thinking of changing the Vulcan for something a bit more "what if"...!? I plan to make a few changes to the post war unit list to include more prototypes (this BICh replaced the Mig-15 etc).


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:17 AM

What if I said I was thinking of changing the Vulcan for something a bit more "what if"...!? I plan to make a few changes to the post war unit list to include more prototypes (this BICh replaced the Mig-15 etc).


I think I would love to see that. The possibilities are almost endless. You could have a little "fun" with weapon types and so forth.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:02 AM

I like the Vulcan for what it does not how it looks, which is shoddy and half baked. Just look at the kinks in the leading edge for W's sake.

The BICh-26 on the other hand is a beauty! But it is a terribly flawed design, which is why it was never built. Look at all the other weirdo designs the Reds built, but they did not build that in spite of all the conferred advantages!

Low aspect ratio wings have tremendous advantages when it comes to speed, low wing loading and ability to pull very high AoAs. But they suffer in sustained maneuver, range and cruise speed. The three reasons why it was never built.

You see, all aircraft are trade offs. And the designer trades away stuff that is less important to get stuff that is considered more important.

Thus, no BICh-26, in spite of it's great beauty!



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:04 AM

I like your idea, but what game are you talking about? I am the worlds worst tinkerer with such things and love to get my fingers into as many pies as I can.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:11 AM

What system are you playing? Several posts WO using the "Quote" button, so I failed to get the right party to get the question.

I like doing what if games just to see how they turn out.

Has anyone here thought about an alternate WW-II?

Just curious.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:28 PM

Awww yeaahhh the russian forgotten flying wing fighter jet :D :D I loved it when I red the Secret Projects series of this aircraft 






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