BERNHARD C.F. KLEIN COLLECTION
No. 5653. Bolkhovitinov BI-1 ("5") Soviet Air Force
Photographed ca. 1942
09/15/2006. Remarks by Bernhard
: "This single-seat experimental aircraft was the
world's first liquid-fuel rocket jet fighter aircraft designed by
A. Y. Bereznyak, A. M. Isayev and V. F. Bolkhovitinov in 1941.
Eight prototypes were built, the first unpowered flight with a
Petleyakov Pe-2 as tug was made on September 10, 1941, with the
first powered flight made by Bakhchivandzhi on May 15, 1942; the
second prototype crashed in 1943. Photo depicts the fifth
prototype with a 'belly pack' possibly with gun enclosed. A
is kept at the Air
Force Museum at Monino, Moscow."