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Model the most advanced fighter designed by Zygmunt Puławskiego. Powered with powerful row engine plane did not come unfortunately for mass production. It remains in memory as probably the most beautiful aircraft designed by Puławskiego.
The model includes resin parts, photo-etched fret, vacu windscreenand decals. Probably the best-designed resin model Arma Hobby!
PZL P.8/I - airplane history
All the serial-produced gull-winged PZL fighters – from P.7a to P.24 – were powered by radial engines. Such decision of the Polish Army Ministry had economical background. However, the designer, talented Zygmunt Puławski, initially intended to power his airplanes by inline engines, considering them more streamlined and allowing for better view from the cockpit. First two “P-planes” – PZL P.1 prototypes P.1/I and P.1/II were equipped with inline Hispano-Suiza motors.
Very similar 600 hp engine of the same producer has been chosen for the first prototype of the P.8 Puławski’s fighter, built in 1930/31 winter for research purposes, without the Air Forces contract. “The Eight” had finely designed streamlined shape with smooth wing and tail covering and spatted wheels. First flown in August 1931 by Bolesław Orliński, the plane reached impressive speed 350 km/h at the ground level. Unfortunately, due to relatively heavy truss structure of the fuselage and lack of the compressor, on higher altitudes P.8 was no match for the P.7 chosen for serial production.
On 19th June 1932 P.8/I piloted by Jerzy Kossowski won the fighter 40 km race during the Warsaw International Aviation Meeting with average speed 274 km/h, beating even the newest P.11 prototype. It was the last performance of this airplane. A month later, flying to the Zurich Aviation Meeting, Bolesław Orliński crashed the P.8/I in Innsbruck. Trials of the design were continued with the second prototype, 500/675 hp Lorraine Petrel-powered P.8/II, with slightly longer fuselage and different radiator. This airplane caused great interest of the Yugoslavian Air Force. While the license for the P.8 had finally not been purchased, Yugoslavians have later ordered at their own Ikarus factory series of the very similar fighters designed IK-2.