I.A.R. 15
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I.A.R. 15

Possessing little more than a configurational similarity to preceding single-seat fighters of Carafoli design, the I.A.R.15 flew for the first time late in 1933. It was powered by a 600hp Gnome-Rhone 9Krse ninecylinder radial and carried an armament of two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns. The structural design followed that of the I.A.R.14. It had a welded steel-tube fuselage covered by duralumin sheet forward and fabric aft, this being mated with a three-piece wing with two duralumin spars, pine and plywood ribs and duralumin sheet skinning for the centre section with fabric covering for the outer panels. A series of five I.A.R.15s was ordered for the Aeronautica Militara, these differing from the prototype primarily in having three-bladed metal propellers in place of the two-bladed wooden unit. The speed capability of the I.A.R.15 was adjudged excellent and it established a national altitude record of 11631m in 1936. It was considered inferior to the P.Z.L. P.11, however, on the score of manoeuvrability, and no further examples were ordered.

I.A.R. 15A three-view drawing (1280 x 1024)

    Take-off weight1650 kg3638 lb
    Empty weight1215 kg2679 lb
    Wingspan11.00 m36 ft 1 in
    Length7.76 m25 ft 6 in
    Height2.70 m9 ft 10 in
    Wing area19.00 m2204.51 sq ft
    Max. speed375 km/h233 mph
    Range600 km373 miles

Bob Langelius, Sr., 03.05.2008

This is a pretty Airplane!It appears to be silver paint w/o any registration markings. Does anyone know how these were decorated and their actual color scheme? It has nice proportions for a scale model!

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