PZL I-22 Iryda

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PZL I-22
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PZL I-22 M93K
Role Jet Trainer
Manufacturer PZL Mielec
First flight 3 March 1985
Introduction 22 December 1992
Retired 1996
Status Retired
Primary user Polish Air Force
Number built 17 including prototypes

PZL I-22 Iryda, PZL M93 Iryda, PZL M96 Iryda, was a twin-engine, two-seat Polish military jet trainer aircraft.

Development[edit]

In 1976, a program to develop a new jet trainer for the Polish Air Force started at the Institute of Aeronautics (Polish: Instytut Lotnictwa) to replace the TS-11 Iskra. The Iryda was designed in PZL Mielec (then WSK-Mielec). The first prototype was flown on March 3, 1985. The project was finally canceled in the 1990s due to problems and a lack of funding. Another reason was a crash of the pre-production series aircraft, even though the cause of accident was exceeding of the performance limits during forced flutter tests.

Operators[edit]

 Poland
Polish Air Force. 8 aircraft (1992-1996)

Specifications (M93K)[edit]

PZL I-22 Iryda

Data from Instytut Lotnictwa [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: student, instructor
  • Length: 13.22 m (43.36 ft)
  • Wingspan: 9.60 m (31.49 ft)
  • Height: 4.30 m (14.10 ft)
  • Wing area: 19.92 m² (214.31 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 4,600 kg (10,143 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 6,650 kg (14,663 lb)
  • Useful load: 1,800 kg (3,969 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,500 kg (16537.5 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × PZL K-15 turbojet, 14.7 kN (3307.5 lbf) each

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instytut Lotnictwa (2006-07-12). "Samolot szkolno-bojowy I-22 Iryda". Nasze osiągniecia. Archived from the original on 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2006-07-12.