Chyeranovskii BICh-3

The BICh-3 (Russian: БИЧ-3) was a tailless research aircraft designed and built in the USSR in 1926.

Cheranovsky BICh-3.jpg
Role Research Aircraft
National origin USSR
Designer Boris Ivanovich Cheranovsky (Черановский)
First flight 1926
Status retired
Number built 1
Developed from BICh-1


After Cheranovsky's first tailless flying wing gliders, the BICh-1 and BICh-2, he continued developing the concept with the BICh-3. The BICh-3 was built of wood with a parabolic wing having a straight trailing edge and a curved leading edge. The cockpit was faired into a large fin and rudder. The undercarriage consisted of a faired central mono-wheel with wing-tip skids. The BICh-3 was flown in Moscow in 1926. It was found to be unstable in initial tests leading to modifications that improved the handling sufficiently for it to be cleared as safe to fly.

Specifications (BICh-3)Edit

Data from Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopaedia of Russian Aircraft 1875 – 1995. London: Osprey. ISBN 978-1855324053.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 20 m2 (215 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 140 kg (309 lb)
  • Gross weight: 230 kg (507 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Blackburne Tomtit , 13.4 kW (18 hp)


See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


  • Gunston, Bill. “The Osprey Encyclopaedia of Russian Aircraft 1875 – 1995”. London, Osprey. 1995. ISBN 1-85532-405-9

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