Air Force

VEF JDA-10M


VEF/Akerman JDA10 fuselage VEF/Akerman JDA10

Source: VEF

Acquired: 1939

Type: twin-engine multi-purpose military aircraft

Engine: Two 350-hp 7-cylinder Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX air-cooled radials

Dimensions
Length: 9 m
Wing Span: 12.4 m
Height: 3.3 m
Max Speed: 330 km/hr (est.)

Range: 560 km (est.)

Maximum Ceiling: 6.800 (est.)

Known Serial Numbers: none

Notes

  • designed by J.D.Akerman (with input from VEF) and built by VEF.
  • fixed undercarriage, primarily wood construction, suitable for communications duties, light bomber and a multi-engine trainer.
  • construction began in 1937.
  • Sept.4, 1939 - first flight of the JDA-10M, conducted at Spilve by Karlis Alksnis.
  • Pilot J.Abolins, who flew the JDA on a number of occasions, reports that on the takeoff run the aircraft had a strong tendency to pull to the side which had to be countered with unbalanced throttle to the two engines.



Sources

Andersons, Edgars Latvijas Brunotie Speki un to Prieksvesture
Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight

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