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Monday, March 1st 2010, 6:06pm

Bulgarian Aircraft for 1939

[SIZE=3]DAR (Darjavna Aeroplane Rabotilnitsa)[/SIZE]
DAR is maintaining low-level production of the DAR-3-III Garvan (biplane) and the sport DAR-7 SS.1 Koketka (low-wing monoplane) for civilian purchase. The current Garvan-IIIs owned by the Bulgarian Air Force are used for harassment night-bomber duties (with 50-75lbs bombs), artillery spotter work, and primary training. Only two DAR-7 SS.1 are currently used by the Air Force, but are instead provided to regional flying clubs as advanced single-seat aircraft.

DAR maintains its license of the Avia-Fokker B137 fighter, with twelve aircraft on order for 1939.

DAR will produce two new types for 1939. The first is the DAR-13 Kanarche ("Canary") which is a license-built Schneider Grunau Baby (IIb) sport glider. Eight initial Kanarches will be sold to the Bulgarian Air Force (4 four the Graf Ignatievo Military Flying School, and 4 for the Bozhurishte Military Flying School), with sixteen more on order for regional gliding clubs (Sofia - 4; Plovdiv - 4; Varna - 2; Rousse - 2; Bourgas - 2; Kazanlak - 1; Vidin - 1).

The second aircraft type is a license-built type originating from EKW in Switzerland. The Bulgarian Air Force has ordered a number of EKW C-3603 attackers, and has arrranged a deal for the aircraft to be partially-manufactured in kit form by EKW, with final assembly to take place at the DAR-Avia plant. The C-3603s will complement the existing fleet of ground-attackers, replacing Fw-44 and DAR-3 biplanes in the day-attack roles.

[SIZE=3]Kaproni Balgarski[/SIZE]
No military production planned for 1939; civilian only.


Monday, March 1st 2010, 6:08pm

[SIZE=4]EKW C-3603 / DAR-14(Sz) Dogan[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]Link - note incorrect engine on this page.[/SIZE]

Wingspan: 45 ft 1 in (13.74 m)
Length: 40 ft 8 in (12.40 m)
Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.05 m)
Wing Area: 308.92 ft² (28.7 m2)
Empty weight: 5,104 lb lbs (2,315 kg)
Loaded weight: 7,915 lbs (3590 kg)
Engine: 1 × 980hp Hispano-Suiza 12Y
Crew: 2
Armour: 8mm thick armoured bulkhead

Max speed: 296 mph (477 km/h)
Range: 423 miles (680 km)
Service ceiling: 32,800 ft
Rate of climb:

- 1 × 20 mm in motorkanone
- 4 × 7.5mm MGs in wings and rear cockpit
- 880 lbs (400kg) bombs

[SIZE=4]DAR-13 Kanarche (licensed Schneider Grunau Baby IIb)[/SIZE]

Length: 6.09 m (20 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 13.57 m (44 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 14.2 m² (153 ft²)
Aspect ratio: 13
Empty weight: 170 kg (375 lb)
Gross weight: 250 kg (550 lb)
Crew: One pilot

Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph)
Maximum glide ratio: 17
Rate of sink: 0.9 m/s (180 ft/min)