SAI KZ X

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KZ X
SAI KZ X 2.jpg
KZ X in Danmarks Flymuseum
Role Observation aircraft
National origin Denmark
Manufacturer Skandinavisk Aero Industri
First flight 29 September 1951
Primary user Danish Army
Number built 12

The SAI KZ X was a light aircraft produced in Denmark for army co-operation duties in the early 1950s. It was a strut-braced, high-wing monoplane of conventional design with fixed tailwheel undercarriage and was derived from the KZ VII. Deliveries to the Danish Army commenced in 1952, but by the summer of that year, two had already crashed.

The investigations of these crashes were conducted with technical assistance from Britain's Royal Aircraft Establishment, but no underlying defect in the aircraft design was uncovered and the KZ X was returned to service. However, when two more crashes took place in 1954, the type was withdrawn from service. Most KZ Xs were scrapped, with the only surviving example now in the Danmarks Flymuseum

Operators[edit]

 Denmark

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One, pilot
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.41 m (30 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 13.0 m2 (140 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 529 kg (1,160 lb)
  • Gross weight: 860 kg (1,890 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C145, 108 kW (145 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)
  • Range: 800 km (500 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4,400 m (14,400 ft)

References[edit]

  • Bridgman, Leonard (1951). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 563. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. pp. 348–49. 
  • Danmarks Flymuseum page on the KZ X (in Danish)
  • Уголок неба