Kamov Ka-8

The Kamov Ka-8 "Иркутянин", (Irkutyanin - from Irkutsk), was a diminutive Soviet helicopter that first flew in 1947.

Role Helicopter
National origin USSR
Manufacturer Kamov
First flight 1947
Number built 1
Developed into Kamov Ka-10

It was a precursor of the Ka-10. The Ka-8 was a single-seat helicopter with a 27 hp M-76 engine, boosted to 45 hp by using alcohol for fuel.


Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Empty weight: 183 kg (403 lb)
  • Gross weight: 275 kg (606 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × M-76 (aero-engine) 2-cyl. horizontally opposed air-cooled piston engine, 33.4 kW (44.8 hp)
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  • Main rotor diameter: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)


  • Maximum speed: 80 km/h (50 mph, 43 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 250 m (820 ft)



  1. Apostolo 1984, p. 108.


  • Apostolo, Giorgio. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters. New York: Bonanza Books, 1984. ISBN 0-517-439352.

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