SAI KZ VIII

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KZ VIII
OY-KZS SAI KZ VIII landing at Danish Air Show 2014-06-22 cropped.jpg
KZ VIII landing at Danish Air Show 2014
Role Aerobatics aircraft
National origin Denmark
Manufacturer Skandinavisk Aero Industri
First flight 14 November 1949
Number built 2

The SAI KZ VIII was an aerobatic sport aircraft first built in Denmark in 1949. It was a low-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional configuration with fixed tailwheel undercarriage and a single seat. The KZ VIII was custom-built by SAI for the Danish aerobatic display team Sylvest Jensen Luftcirkus, in which Peter Steen piloted the aircraft in some 50 performances in summer 1950. At the same time, a full set of parts for a second aircraft was produced, but this was not assembled until 1959.

A third machine has been built as a replica.


Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 5.70 m (18 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.20 m (23 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 8.64 m2 (93.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 407 kg (897 lb)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major 10 air-cooled four-cylinder inline engine, 108 kW (145 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 275 km/h (171 mph; 148 kn)
  • Range: 584 km; 315 nmi (363 mi) [2]
  • Rate of climb: 8.00 m/s (1,575 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridgman 1951, p. 113c.
  2. ^ Flight 28 July 1949, p. 113.