Bronisław Żurakowski

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Bronisław Żurakowski (26 June 1911 – 4 October 2009) was a Polish engineer, aeroplane constructor, and glider test pilot.

Bronisław Żurakowski at IX 2007 year

Before the war Żurakowski worked in the RWD bureau, where he designed aircraft RWD-17, RWD-17W, RWD-20 and made calculations for RWD-16bis, RWD-21 and RWD-23. After the war he designed the first Polish helicopter BŻ-1 GIL and later a helicopter BŻ-4 Żuk (both designated BŻ for his initials). He was a co-designer of a successful utility plane PZL-104 Wilga.

Born in Makiejowka, Bronisław is a brother of test pilot Janusz Żurakowski.


  • "Żurakowski Bronisław". Internetowa encyklopedia PWN. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  • Bronisław Żurakowski's obituary