29 ft. 10 in.
4- 7.92 mm
2- 20 mm
The IAR 80, a Polish fighter variant, was produced by Industria Aeronautica Romania. It was Romania’s best fighter aircraft of World War II.
The latest model and its predecessor had similar nose and tail sections, but the mid section differed. Perhaps the most noticeable difference was its much more modern bubble-type canopy.
IAR 80 fighters are probably best known for their defense of the Romanian Ploesti oil fields. On June 10, 1944, forty-six aircraft from the U.S. 82nd Fighter Group armed with 1,000 lb. bombs, escorted by forty-eight more aircraft of the First Fighter Group, attacked Ploesti on a low level raid.
About 56 IAR 80 aircraft intercepted the enemy. In the short period of combat that followed, a total of 23 enemy aircraft were downed with a loss of five IAR 80 aircraft. The combat took place at low altitude in a tight valley, which gave the IAR 80 the advantage. They had far less success against high altitude raids.
A total of about 250 IAR 80 aircraft were produced. Of those, a little over 100 were still active at the end of World War II. A number were converted to two seat trainers which served the Romania Air Force until 1952.
RC IAR 80
We received the following email from Ian Hemingway from New Zealand:
Have a look at this months Reg Heath’s Modelflight workshop page.
Also www.hamiltonmac.org.nz photos / video clips Cheers Ian”
Ian’s IAR 80 can be seen in the above picture on this page. It has a wingspan of 54 in. and weighs 72 oz. Power comes from a O.S. .46 engine.
That’s a great looking IAR 80. Thank you for writing, Ian.
Warbird Kits has the IAR 80 for sale. It is an ARF with a wingspan of 34 in. It has a fuselage length of 29 in. Materials used in the construction are balsa and plywood. You can power it with a Speed 400 size motor.
There are three view drawings that may help you build a IAR 80 at http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw_fw.html.
RC IAR 80
We received the following email from Paul prm ([email protected]):
“Probably the smallest IAR 80 is actually a 1/15 scale of Vizanty’s “White 344” RC IAR 80. Has a customized motor able to develop 450 -500 gram-force of thrust for a flying weight of 300 grams including a 3s 1300 mAh LiPo. The wing profile is a Clark Y with built in wash-out and 68 gram/cm sqr. Very fast and stable, is a pleasure to fly with astonishing vertical evolutions and impressive razmots. Just can disappear very quickly from the visual control zone which explains the extra large absolutely NOT REAL yellow wing tips… A 10 degrees elevator is enough to execute inverted loops; however the inverted flight is not very stable. The rudder has also a lot of authority but the ailerons are not very efficient although the full-length of the wing is used. The model has by now more than 50 hours of flight on the original Futaba 3141 servos and accounts for one battery and several props wrecked. I am carrying this small machine always in my trunk and I am flying it daily in good weather. I fully recommend it for medium-advanced park flyers.” Paul, thank you for the photo and description of your good looking RC IAR 80.