Payen PA-22

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Payen PA-22
Role Experimental aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Payen
First flight October 18, 1941

The Payen PA-22 was a French experimental aircraft designed by Nicolas-Roland Payen.[1]

The aircraft had an unconventional design: it had a set of delta wings, in front of which were a set of short conventional wings. It had a fixed front landing gear and the cockpit was further back than usual.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed in 1935 and manufacture of the aircraft began in the spring of 1939. It was intended to compete in Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race. The aircraft used a new fuel mixture. The French government was interested in the aircraft.[1]

Shortly thereafter, World War II began and the aircraft was put into storage. Falling into German hands in 1940 after the fall of France, it was tested by Junkers, probably for use as a fighter. The aircraft had some problems and attempts to fix them failed. The aircraft was repainted and given a new name. The first successful flight occurred on October 18, 1941. The Germans kept the plane for further testing, after which the plane was forgotten for unknown reasons. The aircraft was mostly destroyed during Allied bombing in 1943.[1]


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.48 m (24 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.35 m (7 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 10 m2 (110 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 955 kg (2,105 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Regnier R.6 6-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 130 kW (180 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 360 km/h (224 mph; 194 kn)
  • Range: 1,200 km (746 mi; 648 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,639 m (18,500 ft)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Lepage, Jean-Denis G.G. (2009). Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945: an illustrated guide. McFarland. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-7864-3937-9.