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De Agostini Russian Aircraft DARA14
Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1 Display Model
Soviet Air Force, USSR

1:87 Scale   Length   Width
Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1   3.25"   3"

The Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1 was the first high speed rocket plane developed by the Soviet Union. Drawings were completed by spring 1941 but Stalin did not give the go-ahead for production until July 9, 1941. Round-the-clock shifts produced the first aircraft in 35 days. First flight was on 10 September, but the factory had to be evacuated to Sverdlovsk. The first powered flight, following accidents in ground runs of the rocket engine, came on May 15, 1942. Problems with corrosion by the acid fuels slowed testing. On flight 7 the aircraft experienced the previously unencountered tendency of an aircraft to pitch down in high-speed flight, and the rocketplane crashed into the ground, killing the pilot. Plans for a 50 aircraft production batch were abandoned, and rocketplane testing in the USSR only resumed with the testing of German designs after the war.

Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1

Designed as the world's first liquid-fuel rocket-powered interceptor, the BI-1 was first flown (unpowered) on September 10th, 1940. In May 1942, the aircraft made its first powered take-off follwed by a three minute test flight.

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De Agostini Russian Aircraft

The De Agostini "Russian Aircraft" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of Soviet and Russian military aircraft. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

De Agostini diecast airplanes feature:

  • Molded plastic construction (some releases include diecast metal components).
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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