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The LK-1 a.k.a. Fanera-2 (Plywood no.2) or NIAI-1 was a four-seat cabin aircraft designed and built in the USSR from 1933.

AI Lisichkin and VF Rentel of the NIAI (Aviation Scientific Research Institute, Leningrad) designed the LK-1 in an attempt to build a very efficient small transport aircraft with the wing blending into the fuselage, forming the cockpit and cabin, with seats for three passengers and one pilot with extensive glazing. Construction was all of wood/plywood, with a conventional single spar wing with plywood covering.

The engine, with Townend ring cowling, was fitted on the centre-line between the font cockpits which gave the pilot an asymmetrical view through the leading edge glazing. The fixed tricycle undercarriage was fitted with spats to reduce drag.

Flight trials at Leningrad and state tests at the NII GVF(Scientific Research Institute for Civil Air Fleet), in Moscow, were very successful and an order for twenty production aircraft with modified tails, spats removed, no Townend ring, and other modifications was placed, for use by Aeroflot inside the USSR and the Arctic.

General characteristics
* Crew: 1
* Capacity: 3
* Length: 8.87 m (29 ft 1-1/4 in)
* Wingspan: 12.47 m (40 ft 11 in)
* Wing area: 27.6 m² (297 ft²)
* Empty weight: 746 kg (1,645 lb)
* Gross weight: 1,160 kg (2,557 lb)
* Powerplant: 1 × M-11, 74.6 kW (100 hp)

* Maximum speed: 154 km/h (96 mph)
* Range: 850 km (528 miles)
* Service ceiling: 3,370 m (11,000 ft)
* Rate of climb: 1.66666 m/s (328 ft/min)

At least one aircraft fitted with twin floats:

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Comment by Larry on May 26, 2010 at 10:47pm
The streamlining really seemed to be ahead of its time.
Comment by Tome Wilson on May 26, 2010 at 9:18pm
Spats on a Plane?

Someone get the dieselpunk equivalent of Samuel L. Jackson. I think we have a movie to make!
Comment by Larry on May 26, 2010 at 8:02pm
What a wild plane. Thanks for posting it.

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