IMPA Tu-Sa

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Tu-Sa
IMPA Tu-Sa.jpg
Role Civil trainer
National origin  Argentina
Manufacturer IMPA
First flight 17 April 1943
Number built ca. 25

The IMPA Tu-Sa, (IMPA - Industrias Metalúrgicas y Plasticas Argentinas S.A.), named as Impa Tu-Sa-O in the Flight reference,[1] was a civil trainer developed in Argentina in the 1940s for aeroclub use. It was a conventional, low-wing monoplane with wide-track fixed tailwheel undercarriage. In service, the aircraft demonstrated a number of serious and fundamental design flaws that led to a series of accidents and pilots joking that Tu-Sa stood for Todo Un Sarcófago Aéreo ("Altogether an aerial coffin"). When it became apparent that the defects could not be corrected without a complete redesign of the aircraft, they were withdrawn from use.


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Notes:

  1. ^ Green, William (17 February 1949). "Argentina's Industry". Flight: 198, 199 & 203. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 

Bibliography:

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 534. 
  • Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. p. 156. 
  • Green, William (17 February 1949). "Argentina's Industry". Flight: 198, 199 & 203. Retrieved 2008-05-08.