IAR 826

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Role Agricultural aircraft
National origin Romania
Manufacturer IRMA
Designer Radu Manicatide - IAR
First flight 1973
Introduction 1970
Primary user Romanian Utilitary Aviation
Number built 13
Variants IAR 822

The IAR-826 was an agricultural aircraft built in Romania in the 1970s. Based on the IAR-822, it was a conventional low-wing monoplane with fixed, tailwheel undercarriage and differed from its predecessor mainly being a design for an all-metal version of the 822.


The IAR-826 is an agricultural crop sprayer and duster. It is the direct descendant of the IAR-822. The design was completed under the leadership of engineer Radu Manicatide in 1973, at IMFCA Bucharest (Institutul de Mecanica Fluidelor si Cercetari Aerospatiale — Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Research).

Since the wooden structure technique was obsolete, the team led by Manicatide produced a design for an all-metal version of the 822. The IAR-826s were built at IAR Brasov in smaller numbers than the 822.

A low-wing monoplane, the fuselage skin was entirely made of aluminium and the controls and trimmer were electrically actuated. The all-metal structure, although much more stiffer, lowered even more the already weak thrust to weight ratio.

It was built at IRMA (Intreprinderea de Reparatii Material Aeronautic — Enterprise for Aeronautical Material Repairement), in Bucharest.

Operational history[edit]

Designated IAR-826, it first flew on 9 May 1973. Three weeks later the IAR-826 prototype, YR-MDA was displayed at Le Bourget.

IAR 826 were in use until the early 80's, with an average on 400 flight hours / year / airframe; being used mostly as agricultural planes, but sometimes also for the aerial surveillance of the pipe lines and power lines.


IAR-826 13 examples built by IAR Brasov in 1973-74, registered in the YR-MDA to YR-MDM range.


Romanian Utilitary Aviation — the only operator of the IAR-826

Specifications (IAR-826)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 800 L (210 US Gal) of chemicals
  • Length: 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.80 m (42 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 26.0 m2 (280 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,120 kg (2,460 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,900 kg (4,180 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-G1D5, 220 kW (290 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
  • Range: 350 km (220 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 300 m/s (984 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



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