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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: LWD Zuch 2

LWD Zuch 2
Poland
basic trainer
1950



  • Technical data


Span 10.0 m (32 ft 9 in)
Length 7.61 m (24 ft 11 in)
Take-off weight 1,020 kg (2,249 lb)
Maximum speed 222 kph (120 kt / 138 mph)
Ceiling 4,750 m (15,584 ft)
Range 1,160 km (626 NM / 721 mi)
Armament
Powerplant :
Bramo Sh 14A 7 – cylinder radial engine, rated at 160 hp (118 kW) (in fact only 116 hp / 85 kW)

 

In 1948 Eng. Tadeusz Sołtyk designed the Zuch (Valiant) 1 trainer and aerobatic aircraft, which was the development variant of the LWD Junak (Blade) aircraft, powered by the Czech 160-hp Walter Minor 6-III inline engine. The prototype first flew on 1 September 1948. Apart from good flight characteristics it did not enter series production because Poland was denied licence for the manufacture of these engines.

Instead, the Zuch 2 version, powered by German Bramo Sh 14A radial engine was developed. The prototype of this version first flew on 1 April 1949. It had flight characteristics and performance inferior to the Zuch 1 variant, because the radial engine produced more drag and due to wear the Sh 14A engines attained the power of only 116 hp rather than 160 hp. In 1950 a batch of 5 aircraft was built by Lotnicze Warsztaty Doświadczalne (Experimental Aircraft Works) in Łódź. They were operated by flying clubs until 1955.

The aircraft factory number 22 registered as SP-BAM was the second built Zuch 2. It served with aero clubs from February 1952 to December 1963. In 1964 it was refitted in Polish People's Republic's Aero Club Repair Works and placed on an aviation exhibition at Krakow-Rakowice-Czyzyny airfield in Krakow. It remained there as an exhibit of the nascent Aviation Museum. In 2015 the aircraft went through a complex restoration.

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