Ikarus Aero 2

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Aero 2
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Role Primary trainer
National origin Yugoslavia
Manufacturer Ikarus
First flight 1940
Introduction 1948
Retired 1959
Primary user Yugoslav Air Force
Number built 248

The Ikarus Aero 2 was a piston-engined military trainer aircraft built in Yugoslavia in the years following World War II, although the design pre-dated the war.

Development[edit]

It was designed in response to a Yugoslav Air Force requirement for a modern, monoplane trainer to replace the Fizir FN biplanes then in service. The powerplant was to be the de Havilland Gipsy Major because of its successful use in similar trainer aircraft built in other countries.

Ikarus' entry, designed by Boris Cijan and Đorđe Petković was selected over its two competitors in trials held between June and November 1940, but production did not take place until the Air Force began to rebuild itself after the war. 248 were eventually built, serving from 1948 to 1959 (380 built according to.[1]

Design[edit]

The Aero 2 was a low-wing monoplane that seated the student and instructor in tandem, open cockpits (although later versions added a canopy to enclose them). Undercarriage was fixed and used a tailskid.

Variants[edit]

Aero 2B
Open cockpit version with a 145hp (108kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major engine.
Aero 2BE
Enclosed cockpit version with a 145hp (108kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major engine.
Aero 2C
Open cockpit version with a 160hp (119kW) Walter Minor 6-III engine.
Aero 2D
Enclosed cockpit version with a 160hp (119kW) Walter Minor 6-III engine.
Aero 2E
Enclosed cockpot version with a 160hp (119kW) Walter Minor 6-III engine.
Aero 2F
Open cockpit version with a 160hp (119kW) Walter Minor 6-III engine.
Aero 2H
Twin-float version with a 160hp (119kW) Walter Minor 6-III engine.

Operators[edit]

 Yugoslavia

Specifications (2B)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 8.45 m (27 ft 8¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 10.5 m (34 ft 5¼ in)
  • Height: 2.80 m (8 ft 10¼ in)
  • Wing area: 17.4 m2 (187 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 564 kg (1241 lb)
  • Gross weight: 996 kg (2196 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major, 108 kW (145 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 208 km/h (129 mph)
  • Range: 680 km (423 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4500 m (14,765 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ugolok Neba
  2. ^ Orbis 1985, page 36

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