Air Force

VEF IRBITIS I-15 (I-15a and I-15b)


VEF Irbitis I-15 #190 VEF Irbitis I-15

Source: VEF

Acquired: 1939

Type: Single-seat Military training monoplane

Engine:

  • 15a: 185/200-hp de Havilland Gypsy 6-I equipped with 2-blade wooden propeller
  • 15b: 200/210-hp de Havilland Gypsy 6-II equipped with a DH constant speed, variable pitch metal propeller
Dimensions
Length: 7.1 m
Wing Span: 8 m
Height: 2.1 m
Max Speed: 15a: 314 km/hr        15b: 330 km/hr

Range:

Maximum Ceiling:

Known Serial Numbers: 190 (15a), 191 (15b)

Notes

  • Summer, 1938 - VEF/Irbitis begin work on the 15a and 15b prototypes.
  • April, 1939 - first flight of the I-15a


Sources

Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight

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