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PZL TS-11 Iskra

 
 
PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
1. PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker
Inscription.  The PZL TS-11 Iskra (Spark) is a Polish jet trainer aircraft, used by the air forces of Poland and India. It is notable as the main training aircraft of the Polish Air Force, and as the oldest jet aircraft still in service in Poland. The aircraft was designed in response to a Polish Air Force requirement for a jet trainer and was the first jet aircraft designed in Poland. Work started in 1957. The first prototype was powered by an imported British Armstrong Siddeley Viper 8 and was flown on 5 February 1960. The new Aircraft fulfilled requirements and, after tests, was accepted for the Polish Air Force as the TS-11 Iskra bis A. In 1964, the TS-11 prototype beat four world records in its class, among others the speed record of 524 mph. The Iskra competed as the standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact, but lost out to the Czechoslovak Aero L-29 Delfin. Poland became the only Warsaw pact country to use the Iskra. A total of 424 aircraft were built by 1987, when production ceased. A total of 50 aircraft Iskra bis D were exported to Indian in 1975, then further 26 in the 1990s. In 2002, Poland still had 110 TS-11s, including 5 TS-11Rs. The Iskra
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became Polish first and only jet trainer so far. In 2013, Poland had 30 operational Iskras. From 1969 TS-11s have been used by the Polish aerobatics team.

Crew - 2
Length - 36 ft. 7 in.
Wingspan - 33 ft.
Height - 11 ft. 5 in.
Max takeoff weight - 8470 lbs.
Max speed - 447 M.P.H.
Range - 776 miles
Service ceiling - 36,000 ft.
Armament - 1x 23 mm NS-23 or NR-23 cannon
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is February 5, 1960.
 
Location. 38° 40.347′ N, 87° 32.271′ W. Marker is in Vincennes, Indiana, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from South 6th Street west of Willow Street (Business U.S. 41). Marker is on the grounds of Indiana Military Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 715 S 6th St, Vincennes IN 47591, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lockheed T-33A (a few steps from this marker); 2S1 Gvozdika (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas A4D Skyhawk (within shouting distance of this marker); Sexton Mark II (within shouting distance of this marker); M3 Halftrack (within shouting distance of this marker); M-114 (within
PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
2. PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker
shouting distance of this marker); M-8 Armored Car (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vincennes.
 
Also see . . .  PZL TS-11 Iskra on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
3. PZL TS-11 Iskra Marker
Marker and aircraft on the far left, on the grounds of Indiana Military Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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