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Kharkov KhAI-1 (Amodel - 1/72 - Injected) by Michel Leonardi

KHAI1.jpg picture by Michel Leonardi

The Kharkov KhAI-1 was an airliner produced in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s, unusual in that it was designed (and the prototype built) by students. An exceptionally clean design, the KhAI-1 was the first European passenger transport aircraft to feature retractable undercarriage, and boasted a top speed better than the fighter aircraft in service at the time. Some 40 KhAI-1s were operated by Aeroflot.

KhAI-1-1.jpg image by Michel Leonardi     KhAI-1-2.jpg image by Michel Leonardi     KhAI-1-3.jpg image by Michel Leonardi