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Yugoslavia's Rogozarski IK-3 fighter

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Rogozarski IK-3 fighter (Polish?):

Rogozarski IK-3 fighter:

Design

Ljubomir Ilic and Kosta Sivcev started to design the IK-3 in 1933.1,2 In 1936 the drawings were turned over to the military for evaulation.1

Fuselage

The fuselage of the IK-3 had a steel tube airframe with canvas and metal covering.1,2

Wing

The wing was mainly constructed of wood with some steel tube reinforcements.1

Engine

Avia built the Hispano-Suiza engine on license.1 The IK-3's engine drove a metal three bladed variable pitch propeller.1

Prototype

In March 1937 a contract was signed to order a prototype.1

In May 1938 the prototype made its first flight.1,2 The prototype was found to be very maneuverable.1

The prototype crashed on January 19, 1939 killing Milan Pokoni the test pilot.1,2

Production

An order for twelve aircraft was placed in October 1938.1,2 These were delivered by July 1940.1,2 An order for 25 was placed but was never fulfilled due to the German invasion.2

  • Rogozarski IK-3: 122
  • Manufacturer: Rogozarski A.D.2

Variants

  • Prototype: Had a Hispano-Suiza 12 Y29 engine (910 HP) with a supercharger.1
  • Rogozarski IK-3:

Usage

German Invasion

There were six IK-3s ready to fight against the German invasion which occurred on April 6, 1941.1

Specifications

  Rogozarski IK-31,2
Type Fighter1,2
Crew 11,2
Engine (Type) Hispano-Suiza (Avia) 12 Ycrs1,2
Cylinders V 121,2
Cooling Liquid1,2
Net HP 9101, 9202
Propeller blades 31
Dimensions  
Span 33' 9"2, 33' 101
10.3 m1
Length 26' 4"1, 27' 5"2
8 m1
Height 10' 8"1,2
3.25 m1
Weight  
Loaded 5,291 lb2, 5,796 lb1
2,630 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 17,700' /
5,400 m
326 mph1
526 kph1
Speed @ 17,715' 327 mph2
Service ceiling 26,260'2, 31,000'1
9,400 m1
Range 310 miles2, 490 miles1
785 km1
Armament  
Propeller shaft 1: 20 mm1,2
Nose 2: MG1

Sources:

  1. Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, Pierluigi Pinto, 1988
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site