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Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 5:39pm

Army Cooperation Aircraft

- Fieseler Fi 156 army cooperation
- 36 License-built Focke-Wulf Fw44 twin-seat biplane trainers
- Kaproni Bulgarski KB-5 Tchutchuliga-III
- DAR/Avia DAR-3 Garvan-III (Raven-III)
- DAR/Avia DAR-7 SS.1 Koketka (Kitten)

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Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 5:40pm

[SIZE=3]Fieseler Fi 156[/SIZE]
Two-seat artillery spotter, liaison, and training aircraft.

[SIZE=3]Specifications:[/SIZE]
Length: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 14.3 m (46 ft 9 in)
Height:: 3.1 m (10 ft 0 in)
Wing Area: 26 m² (280 ft²)
Weight: 860 kg (1,900 lb) empty; 1,260 kg (2,780 lb) loaded
Engine: 1× Argus As 10 air-cooled inverted V8 engine, 180 kW (240 hp)

[SIZE=3]Performance:[/SIZE]
Max Speed: 175 km/h (109 mph) at 300 m (1,000 ft)
Combat radius: 380 km (210 knots, 240 mi)
Operational Ceiling: 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Rate of Climb: Rate of climb: 4.8 m/s (945 ft/min)

[SIZE=3]Armament:[/SIZE]
- 1 × MG 15 machine gun (not all aircraft)

Notes:
Most aircraft assigned to ARGK

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Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 5:40pm

Focke-Wulf Fw44

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Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 5:40pm

[SIZE=3]Kaproni Bulgarski KB-5 Tchutchuliga-III[/SIZE]
Two-seat biplane artillery spotter, liaison, and training aircraft.

[SIZE=3]Specifications:[/SIZE]
Length: 8.5 meters/28 feet
Wingspan: 10.9 meters/35.76 feet (upper wing), 8.85 meters/29 feet (lower wing)
Wing Area: 25.4 square meters/273.4 square feet
Weight: 1,250 kilograms/2,755 pounds empty; 1650 kilograms/3,638 pounds loaded
Engine: 9-cylinder radial, 450 hp. Multiple engine types used.

[SIZE=3]Performance:[/SIZE]
Max Speed: 275 kmh, 148.5 knots, or 171 mph
Cruise radius: 750 kilometers/466 miles
Operational Ceiling: 6,800 meters/22,300 feet

[SIZE=3]Armament:[/SIZE]
- 1 × .30cal MG for pilot
- 1 × .30cal MG for spotter
- 8 × 25-kg bombs

Notes: The Bulgarian Air Force bought 78 of these planes in 1937. 54 planes will outfit an Army Cooperation Orlyak as artillery spotters and light liaison types; 24 aircraft will go to the Bozhurishte Military Flying School.

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Tuesday, November 10th 2009, 5:40pm

[SIZE=4]DAR/Avia DAR-3 Garvan-III (Raven-III)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Specifications:[/SIZE]
Length: 9.46 meters/31 feet
Wingspan: 11.90 meters/39 feet (upper wing); 10.75 meters/35.27 feet (lower wing)
Wing Area: 37 square meters/398.25 square feet
Weight: 1300 kilograms/2,866 pounds empty; 2100 kilograms/4,629.7 pounds loaded
Engine: Alfa Romeo 126 RC34 - 750 hp., 9 cyl; other types regularly fitted

[SIZE=3]Performance:[/SIZE]
Max Speed: 275 kmh, 148.5 knots, or 171 mph
Cruise radius: 1000 kilometers/621 miles
Operational Ceiling: 7000 meters/22,965 feet
Armament: 1x.30cal MG for pilot; 1x.30cal MG for spotter; can carry eight 25-kg bombs

[SIZE=3]Armament:[/SIZE]
- 1 × .30cal MG for pilot
- 1 × .30cal MG for spotter
- 8 × 25-kg bombs

Notes: This type is an update of the tried-and-true DAR-3 Garvan-1 and DAR-3 Garvan-2. Regarded as the best Bulgarian-designed and manufactured plane ever. The VNVV will be buying 78 aircraft; 54 to outfit an Army Cooperation Orlyak and 24 to outfit the Graf Ignatievo Military Flying School.

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Wednesday, November 24th 2010, 12:04am



[SIZE=4]Kaproni-Balgarski KB-11 Fazan[/SIZE]
Single-engine high-wing observation plane. It is replacing older biplanes in front-line observation squadrons. Designed and built with French assistance.

[SIZE=3]Specifications[/SIZE]
Crew: 2 (pilot, observer-gunner)
Length: 33 ft (10.06 m)
Wingspan: 43.6 ft (13.3 m)
Height: 13.8 ft (4.2 m)
Wing area: ft² (25.2 m²)
Empty weight: 5,092.7 lb (2310 kg)
Normal weight: 6,305 lb (2860 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 6,966.6 lb (3160 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × nine-cylinder type PZL Pegasus XXI radial, 835 hp, wooden three-bladed fixed 3.5m-diameter propeller

[SIZE=3]Performance[/SIZE]
Maximum speed: 170.9mph / 275 kph @ sea level, 205mph / 330 kph @ 3000m
Range: 385 mi (620 km)
Fuel Capacity: Two 460 liter tanks with 87 octane gasoline
Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
Climb: 6 minutes to 3,000m

[SIZE=3]Equipment[/SIZE]
Photographic equipment: Lešner F18/24, F25 or F50VM cameras
Radio equipment:
- Transmitter: Telefunken Sp-2441F
- Receiver: Telefunken Sp-477 A-37

[SIZE=3]Armament[/SIZE]
- 2 × 7.92 mm Zbrojovka M-30 with 600 rounds in the nose of the aircraft,
- 2 × 7.92 mm Zbrojovka M-30 with 525 rounds per drum
- 2 × 100kg bombs, 4x50kg bombs, or 6x25kg bombs (six mounting points)