Grigorovich M-15

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Grigorovich M-15 on display in the Polish Aviation Museum
M-15
Role Reconnaissance flying boat
Manufacturer Shchetinin
Designer Dmitri Grigorovich
Retired 1920s
Primary users Russian navy
Finnish Air Force
Number built 80 planned
Developed from Grigorovich M-9

Grigorovich M-15 (alternative designation ShCh M-15 (Russian: Щ М-15), sometimes also Shchetinin M-15) was a successful Russian World War I-era biplane flying boat, developed from the M-9 by Grigorovich.

The M-15 was a smaller version of the M-9 intended to replace the latter, however it was only built in small numbers due to shortage of the more powerful Hispano-Suiza engines. After the summer of 1917 it was mostly used as a trainer.

Two M-15s fell into Finnish hands during the Russian Civil War, having been left at Åland and Turku. The Russian officer J.Herbert flew the Åland aircraft to mainland Finland and was awarded an officer's title in the Finnish Air Force. Only the Åland aircraft was in flyworthy condition. The aircraft was flown until 1919.

Operators[edit]

 Finland
 Russia
 Soviet Union

Specifications (M-15)[edit]

Data from Thulinista Hornettiin

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.40 m (ft in)
  • Wingspan: 11.9 m (ft in)
  • Height: m (ft in)
  • Wing area: 44.0 m² (ft²)
  • Empty weight: 840 kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: kg (lb)
  • Useful load: kg (kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,320 kg (lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza pusher, kW (140 hp)

Performance

Armament

1x MG


Sources[edit]

Heinonen, Timo: Thulinista Hornetiin - Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseon julkaisuja 3, Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo, 1992, ISBN 951-95688-2-4