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Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 1:35am

Utva “Lasta” Two seat Light Utility Aircraft

Designed to succeed the RWD-13 artillery spotting and light utility aircraft. Configuration chosen to maximize the visibility from the pilot and observer’s positions.

General characteristics:

Crew: 2
Length: 7.1 m
Wingspan: 10.5 m
Height: 2.46 m
Wing area: 15.1 sq m
Empty weight: 480 kg
Gross weight: 750 kg

Powerplant: one Hirth HM 506 6-cylinder air-cooled inverted inline piston engine rated at 160 hp

Maximum speed: 180 kph
Service ceiling: 4,400 m
Rate of climb: 2.45 m/s


Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 2:03am

Wow, what a hideous aircraft! :P


Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 2:21am

Wow, what a hideous aircraft! :P
Utilitarian aircraft often are, where function rather than form takes precedence. It takes a very gifted designer, like Marcel Bloch to properly marry the two; and then he too can drop a clanger (points to MB.200). ;)


Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 2:51am

Yeah, that one was a stinker...


Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 10:15am

An interesting type, pity many of these spotters with this layout never made production around the end of the 1940s, other examples being found in Czechoslovakia and the USA. Actually I think it look quite nice, but then I am Ugly Aircraft Inc!

The Czech ones will be making an appearance in WW too.