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Role Trainer biplane
National origin Poland
Manufacturer PWS
First flight 1933
Introduction 1934
Primary user Polish Air Force
Number built 40
Developed from PWS-14
Variants PWS-26

The PWS-16 was a biplane trainer designed and developed by Podlaska Wytwórnia Samolotów (PWS). An armed variant also entered production as the PWS-26


Developed from the PWS-12 and PWS-14 trainers, the PWS-16 two-seat biplane design introduced a number of improvements particularly improved ailerons. A variant designated PWS-16bis had a revised fuel system to allow inverted flight. It had also improved aerodynamics and its silhouette changed. The aircraft entered service with the Polish Air Force training units between 1933 and 1934. An improved armed version was developed as the PWS-26 and when the PWS-26 entered service in 1937, the PWS-16 was relegated to secondary duties.


20 built.
20 built.
Armed trainer variant.



Specifications (PWS-16)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 (Trainee)
  • Length: 7.03 m (23 ft 0¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 9 m (29 ft 6¼ in)
  • Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0¼ in)
  • Wing area: 24 m2 (258.34 ft2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-5 Whirlwind radial engine, 164 kW (220 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)

See also[edit]

Related development


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.