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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. In 1936 the drawings were turned over to the military for evaulation.

Fuselage

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

Wing

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

Engine

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

Prototype

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

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

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

Production

An order for twelve aircraft was placed in October 1938. These were delivered by July 1940. An order for 25 was placed but was never fulfilled due to the German invasion.

  • Rogozarski IK-3: 12
  • Manufacturer: Rogozarski A.D.

Variants

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

Usage

German Invasion

There were six IK-3s ready to fight against the German invasion which occurred on April 6, 1941.

Specifications

  Rogozarski IK-3
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Hispano-Suiza (Avia) 12 Ycrs
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
Net HP 910, 920
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 33' 9", 33' 10
10.3 m
Length 26' 4", 27' 5"
8 m
Height 10' 8"
3.25 m
Weight  
Loaded 5,291 lb, 5,796 lb
2,630 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 17,700' /
5,400 m
326 mph
526 kph
Speed @ 17,715' 327 mph
Service ceiling 26,260', 31,000'
9,400 m
Range 310 miles, 490 miles
785 km
Armament  
Propeller shaft 1: 20 mm
Nose 2: MG

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
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