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Polish Air Force PZL TS-11 Iskra
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No: 5489   Contributor: Rene Boot   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: PZL-Mielec   Country: The Netherlands
Polish Air Force PZL TS-11 Iskra

The PZL TS-11 Iskra (Polish for Spark) is a Polish jet trainer aircraft, used by the air forces of Poland and India. It is notable as the main trainer plane of the Polish Army, the oldest jet plane still in service in Poland - and one of the most reliable.

General characteristics

* Crew: Two - student and instructor
* Length: 11.15 m (36 ft 7 in)
* Wingspan: 10.06 m (33 ft)
* Height: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
* Wing area: 17.50 m² (188 ft²)
* Empty weight: 2,560 kg (5,640 lb)
* Loaded weight: 3,724 kg (8,210 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 3,840 kg (8,470 lb)
* Powerplant: 1× WSK SO-3W turbojet, 10.8 kN (2,425 lbf)

Performance

* Maximum speed: 720 km/h (450 mph)
* Range: 1,260 km (780 mi)
* Service ceiling 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
* Rate of climb: 14.8 m/s (2,910 ft/min)
* Wing loading: 213 kg/m² (43.6 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.30

Armament

* 1x 23 mm NS-23 or NR-23 cannon in the nose
* 4 underwing pylons, up to 400 kg (880 lb) of bombs or unguided S-5 rocket pods Mars-4 (4 rockets) or Zeus-1 gun packs.
Picture added on 26 June 2008
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