FMA I.Ae. 27 Pulqui I

The I.Ae. 27 Pulqui I was an Argentine jet fighter designed at the "Instituto Aerotecnico" (AeroTechnical Institute) in 1946. Only one prototype was completed; unsatisfactory performance led to the aircraft being superseded by a later design.


FMA I.Ae. 27 Pulqui I
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Fabrica Argentina de Aviones
Origin Argentina
Country Name Origin Year
Argentina 1947
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Argentina 1947 1951 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Fabrica Argentina de Aviones 1 View

The design was created by a team led by the French engineer Émile Dewoitine which included engineers Juan Ignacio San Martín (mil.), Enrique Cardeilhac, Cesare Pallavicino and Norberto L. Morchio.

The fuselage was semi-monocoque with an elliptical cross-section housing a single Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 engine with the air intake in the nose and the ducting surrounding the cockpit. The reduced internal fuselage volume forced the fuel tanks to be installed in the wings, which resulted in a significant reduction of its range.

Role Fighter
Manufacturer Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA)
Designer Émile Dewoitine
First flight 9 August 1947
Retired 1951
Primary user Fuerza Aérea Argentina
Number built 1 prototype
Variants FMA IAe 33 Pulqui II


General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 9.69 m (31 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.25 m (36 ft 11 in) (initial version with rounded wingtips) or 10.50 m (34 ft) (final version, squared wingtips)
  • Height: 3.39 m (11 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 19.7 m2 (212 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,358 kg (5,199 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,600 kg (7,937 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 centrifugal compressor turbojet, 16 kN (3,600 lbf) thrust

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 720 km/h (447 mph; 389 kn)
  • Range: 900 km (559 mi; 486 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 15,500 m (50,853 ft)

Armament

  • 4 x 20 mm cannon + underwing bombs or rockets (not fitted to prototypes)

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