Soko 522

The Soko 522 was a two-seater Yugoslav military training and light attack aircraft produced in the 1950s by SOKO, in the former Yugoslavia.

Soko 522
Class Aircraft
Type Attack
Manufacturer SOKO (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Origin Yugoslavia (Serbia)
Country Name Origin Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) 1955
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) 1955 1978 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
SOKO (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 110 View

The Soko 522 was designed by Yugoslav engineers Šostaric, Marjanovic and Curcic at the Ikarus Aircraft Factory in Zemun. The first prototype flew in February 1955. After the initial success of the new aircraft, production was transferred to the Soko aircraft factory in Mostar. Production lasted until 1961 and totalled 110 units. It was used as the primary trainer aircraft for the Yugoslavian air force until it was retired in 1978.

It gained some fame for its role in war movies filmed in Yugoslavia during the 1960s and 1970s, where it was used to portray the Fw 190 German fighter. Some of its prominent movie roles were in the Yugoslav Oscar candidate Battle of Neretva and Kelly's Heroes, starring Clint Eastwood.

Role Training and light attack aircraft
Manufacturer SOKO
Designer Šostaric, Marjanovic and Curcic
First flight February 1955
Introduction 1955
Retired 1978
Primary user Yugoslavian Air Force
Number built approx. 110


General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.0 m (36 ft)
  • Height: 3.58 m (11 ft 9 in)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,400 kg (5,280 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp air-cooled, 441 kW (600 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 351 km/h (190 knots, 218 mph)
  • Range: 978 km (524 nmi, 603 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (22,960 ft)

Armament

  • 2 x 7.9 mm machine guns
  • 4 x 50 kg bombs

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