P.W.S. 16, 26


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P.W.S. 16, 26

A development of the P.W.S.12/14, the generally similar P.W.S.16 incorporated a number of refinements, including the provision of more efficient ailerons, and the ensuing P.W.S.16bis differed primarily by having a revised fuel system to permit inverted flight. Production totalled 20 of each, and the excellent performance of these aircraft resulted in large-scale production of an armed trainer version, the P.W.S.26, which also had structural strengthening for use as a dive-bomber. The P.W.S.16/16bis aircraft entered service with Polish air force training units during 1934-35, being relegated to secondary roles when the P.W.S.26 became available in 1937. When production of this last version ended in 1938 a total of 250 had been built and some of these were seized by German forces in September 1939. A number were operated by the Luftwaffe, and Germany disposed of 28 refurbished aircraft to Romania. However, the majority of the P.W.S.26s were captured by the Soviets, and many of these entered service with the VVS.

P.W.S. 16, 26A three-view drawing (650 x 1020)

 ENGINE1 x Wright J-5 Whirlwind radial piston engine, 164kW
  Take-off weight1162 kg2562 lb
  Empty weight850 kg1874 lb
  Wingspan9 m30 ft 6 in
  Length7.03 m23 ft 1 in
  Height2.75 m9 ft 0 in
  Wing area24 m2258.33 sq ft
  Max. speed215 km/h134 mph
  Ceiling4620 m15150 ft
  Range460 km286 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 7.7mm machine-guns

jarecki, e-mail, 21.03.2008 15:35

Yes, it was. Sometimes was used as recon or liaison duty. Propably this type of plain made last operational fly in Polish Campanion in 3 Oct.1939, Crew attacked German's forces using hand grenades.


Les, e-mail, 21.06.2007 16:06

was this aircraft in anyway involved in WWII in any role?


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