PZL P.44 Wicher

1938

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PZL P.44 Wicher

The first prototype flew on March 20, 1938. Entered service in 1941.

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PZL P.44 WicherA three-view drawing (692 x 881)

Specification 
 MODELPZL-44
 CREW2
 PASSENGERS15
 ENGINE2 x Wright Cyclone GR-1820, 735kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight9500 kg20944 lb
  Empty weight5990 kg13206 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan23.8 m78 ft 1 in
  Length18.5 m61 ft 8 in
  Height4.8 m16 ft 9 in
  Wing area75.0 m2807.29 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed374 km/h232 mph
  Cruise speed316 km/h196 mph
  Ceiling6000 m19700 ft
  Range w/max.fuel2200 km1367 miles
  Range w/max payload1840 km1143 miles

Comments
Maciek, e-mail, 24.04.2013 15:06

Only one prototype was build, first flown in 1938.
Tested in LOT Polish Airlines but rejected in favour of Lockheed Super Electra.
In September 1939, when the WWII started, evacuated east to (then Polish)Lviv. There, with broken undercarriage, captured by invading Soviet troops. No further reliable data available.

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axxius, e-mail, 20.02.2013 19:30

how could it enter service in 1941, when there was no Poland?

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Mario Beauchesne, e-mail, 06.02.2010 19:16

La principale raison de sa non fabrication fut une bataille entre les civils et les militaires concernant son financement.

Ce type d'avion de transport était dans la ligné du DC-2 ou du Bloch 220. Il était inférieur par sa capacité au fameux DC-3. Mais, cet apparaeil fût le seul gros porteur construit par un pays d'Europe de l'est.

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Pedro_Vial, e-mail, 12.12.2009 22:36

What a beautiful airplane!

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jarecki, e-mail, 21.03.2008 14:43

"Wicher" = eng. Gale or Stormwind

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