PZL P.6

The PZL P.6 was a Polish fighter, designed by the engineer Zygmunt Pulawski, manufactured by PZL state-owned factory. It remained a prototype.


PZL P.6
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer PZL
Origin Poland
Country Name Origin Year
Poland 1930
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Poland View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
PZL 1 View

The history of PZL P.6 started in 1928, when a talented designer, Zygmunt Pulawski designed an all-metal metal-covered monoplane fighter PZL P.1. It introduced a high gull wing, giving a pilot an optimal view. The P.1 was powered with an inline engine, and developed a speed of 302 km/h, but remained a prototype, because it was decided, that a fighter for the Polish Air Force should be powered with a radial engine, licence produced in Poland. Therefore, the next model PZL P.6, was powered with the Bristol Jupiter VI FH radial engine.

The PZL P.6 was flown for the first time in August 1930 with test pilot Boleslaw Orlinski at the controls. It had a very similar wing to the P.1, but the fuselage was completely redesigned with a modern semi-monocoque configuration introduced that was oval in cross-section, as well, the tail was also changed. As a result of the modifications, the aircraft was over 200 kg lighter.

Role Fighter
Manufacturer PZL
Designer Zygmunt Pulawski
First flight August 1930
Status Prototype
Primary user Polish Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from PZL P.1
Variants PZL P.7


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.16 m
  • Wingspan: 10.3 m
  • Height: 2.75 m
  • Wing area: 17.3 m²
  • Empty weight: 883 kg
  • Loaded weight: 1,355 kg
  • Useful load: 452 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VI FH 9-cylinder radial engine, 480 hp

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 284 km/h
  • Stall speed: 103 km/h
  • Range: 650 km
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m
  • Rate of climb: 10.3 m/s
  • Wing loading: 77.5 kg/cm²

Armament

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine guns in fuselage

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