Sikorsky S-27

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Sikorsky S-27 Type E
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Sikorsky
Designer Igor I. Sikorsky
First flight late 1916 [1]
Introduction early 1917
Primary users Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Red star.svg Soviet
Number built 3+6 [1] to 12[2]
Developed from Sikorsky S-22
Wingspan 31.3 m (102 ft 8 in) [3] to 38 m (124 ft 8 in)[4]
Engine 4×220hp Renault
Armament 7 MGs
450–680 kg (1,000–1,500 lb) [3] to 800 kg (1,760 lb)[4] of bombs
Max Speed 137 km/h (85 mph) [3][4]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 25:00 [3]
Ceiling 3,200 m (10,500 ft) [3] to 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[4]
Endurance 4:00 [3] to 5:00[4]

Three S-27 Type E Il'ya Muromets four-engine bombers were created near the end of 1916. They were the largest of the breed and included a crew of eight with five machine-gun positions, including an aft-facing belly position. The prototype arrived at the front in early 1917. Five more were built during 1917, but they only saw service with the Soviet air force. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sikorsky Ilya Muromets.

References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Durkota, p.324.
  2. Angelucci, p.73.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.228-229.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Angelucci, p.65.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027