Gribovsky G-5

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Role Single seat light sports aircraft
National origin СССР
Designer Vladislav Gribovsky
First flight 1928

The Gribovsky G-5 (Russian: Грибовский Г-5) was a small, low powered Russian single seat sports aircraft from the late 1920s.

Design and development[edit]

The G-5 was the first powered Gribovsky aircraft to fly; his first three designs were gliders and the first powered type, the Gribovsky G-4, though built, was not flown. Structurally all of his aircraft were wooden and several had smooth, rounded monocoque fuselages. That of the G-5 was oval in cross-section, with a single, open cockpit. Its low, cantilever wing had a high aspect ratio (9.0) for the time and the rear surfaces were also high aspect ratio. All flying surfaces were unbraced, keeping the G-5 aerodynamically clean, and the only external bracing was for the main landing gear.

The G-5 was powered by a small British V-twin, the 18 hp (13 kW) Blackburne Tomtit,[1] an engine which had been installed in several of the aircraft that competed in the first Lympne light aircraft trials of 1923, mostly running inverted.[2]


Data from Gunston (1995) p.77[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 5.0 m (16 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.0 m (29 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 9.0 m2 (97 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 170 kg (375 lb)
  • Gross weight: 270 kg (595 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 20 kg (44 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Blackburne Tomtit air-cooled V-twin, 13 kW (18 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kn)
  • Range: 350 km (220 mi, 190 nmi) in 3 hr
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)
  • Landing speed: 60 km/h (37 mph)


  1. ^ a b Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1875-1995. London: Osprey (Reed Consumer Books Ltd). p. 77. ISBN 1 85532 405 9.
  2. ^ Lumsden, Alec (1994). British Piston Aero-engines and their Aircraft. Shrewsbury: Airlife. p. 91. ISBN 1 85310294 6.