From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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.


General characteristics

  • Crew: One, pilot
  • Wingspan: 7.20 m (23 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 8.6 m2 (96 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 407 kg (895 lb)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1,430 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major, 108 kW (145 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h (190 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)