After the war, Czechoslovakia's aircraft industry was left with a lot of
uncompleted Messerschmitt Bf 109 airframes but no Daimler-Benz
engines, and a lot of Junkers Jumo engines but no bomber airframes. These
parts were combined into the Avia S.199. The bomber engine gave too much
torque at high power, as when taking off, and combined with the narrow
undercarriage, this meant many accidents. The bigger engine made the S.I99
nose heavy, which was a particularly bad way to be during landing. Due to its
awful handling characteristics and mismatched parentage, the S. 199 was
nicknamed the Mezek ('Mule'). Desperate for any sort of fighter, Israel
bought 25 in 1948. Although a valuable morale booster, the S.199s were as
dangerous to IAF pilots as to the enemy, and three-quarters were written off
within a year.
FACTS AND FIGURES
© At altitude the Jumo didn't give
enough power and on take-off it
gave too much. The nose was too
heavy and the paddle-bladed
propellers gave too much torque.
© Israeli S.199s had the Erla-type canopy
which hinged to the right. Czech
aircraft used a design which slid back
to open. Aerials on the rear fuselage
were further aft on this version.
© The 'Mule' was the ultimate
development of the Bf 109
airframe and is generally regarded
as the worst of the breed. Avia had
slightly more success with their
own version of the Me 262 jet.
| ENGINE||1 x 1350hp Junkers Jumo 211F inline piston engine|
| Take-off weight||3736 kg||8237 lb|
| Wingspan||9.92 m||33 ft 7 in|
| Length||8.94 m||29 ft 4 in|
| Height||2.59 m||9 ft 6 in|
| Max. speed||528 km/h||328 mph|
|A three-view drawing (1663 x 1290)|
|Richard Aubrecht, 09.06.2012 15:52|
Tony Anderson - no, C-10 is not a shortening of G10. C-10 means tenth aircraft type in training category. C=cvičný. They were originaly intended to be a temporary training equipment before newer equipment arrives, but later were renamed to fighter /stíhací S-99, because of shortage of new fighters.
|beiguo, 18.06.2011 07:04|
Desperate for any sort of fighter, Israel bought 25 in 1948. Although a valuable morale booster, the S.199s were as dangerous to IAF pilots as to the enemy, and three-quarters were written off within a year.
|Noname, e-mail, 31.03.2020 10:24|
In short it is a Bf109G10, nothing else!
|tony anderson, e-mail, 11.11.2009 15:30|
It is so refreshing to find a site where someone is not trying to perpetuate the myth that the Czechs rebuilt Bf109G-14s. Whilst these may have been available, the Czechs opted for Bf109G-10s!!!! Just take a good look at any 'photo of the DB powered C10 (Now why do you think that they chose that designation? A shortening of Czech G10 perhaps?) & you will find:-1> refined cowl >2 radio hatch in old position >3 tall fin /rudder 4> 660x190 main wheels / large wing bulges 5> high filler point for nose oil tank & 6>BULGES UNDER FORWARD PART OF OIL COOLER COWLING!!!
2> Rules out a K series, 5> & 6> make it a DB605D engine. In short it is a Bf109G10, nothing else!
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