Yugoslav military training and light attack aircraft SOKO-522

Yugoslav military training and light fighting aircraft Soko 522


The Soko 522 was a two-seater Yugoslav military training and light attack aircraft produced in the 1950s by SOKO, in the former Yugoslavia.

The first prototype of aircraft 522. No.60001 was made at the factory Ikarus on 04/27/1955 as the basis used the plane 213 according to some sources in 1953.



First flight in SOKO 522 performed a lieutenant colonel Mihajlo Grbic 19.06.1955
Production of the second prototype of the aircraft no. 60002 stopped at the factory Ikarus, and all documentation was submitted Soko factory in Mostar. Assemblies and components of aircraft 522 were carefully transported in Mostar, indicating that the Soko took over the production of zero series aircraft 522nd



The second prototype of the Soko 522 no.60002 completed in late 1954 in Sokol factory. The lack of materials and equipment and incomplete construction documents with others leads to a delay of zero series, at the time of Bureau of Sokol was located in two places, in Mostar and Zemun which was another reason efficient production preparation.



This was the first serial plane was made in factory Soko and this was the period when shortages of everything from raw materials, money, professional staff, not to mention the processing machines that were needed for such a venture. The factory was still at the stage of rough construction of halls and equipment.



In 1957 flew the first aircraft 522 no. 60101 produced in Sokol and finally to the end of the year was over 10 complete aircraft.

During 1958, successfully produced and delivered a series of 35 aircraft. The next year was delivered another 31 aircraft of 522 and at the end of 1961 to another 44 aircraft.

Soko factory in Mostar was their first serial aircraft manufactured in 110 copies of 522 aircraft which was entirely metal construction, plus 2 prototypes.

Plane 522 was used for training and combat training to the VVA and ŠROA, the Air Force was in use until 1977.

A preserved Soko 522 exhibited at the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.


SOKO 522 often appear in war films that were filmed cinematography of republics and provinces of the former Yugoslavia where it regularly played the role of a German fighter Focke-Wulf Fw 190th

Former Military Operators

Yugoslav Air Force

460th Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1967)
461st Combat Aviation Squadron Light (1961-1968, 1973-1977)
462nd Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1968, 1973-1977)
463rd Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1966)
464th Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1966)
465th Light Combat Aviation Squadron (1961-1966)

Soko 522 (60153) in front of the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade, Serbia.


Specifications (Soko 522)
General characteristics
Crew: Two
Length: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11.0 m (36 ft)
Height: 3.58 m (11 ft 9 in)
Max. takeoff weight: 2,400 kg (5,280 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp air-cooled, 441 kW (600 hp)

SOKO 522 as German fighter Focke-Wulf Fw 190t


performance

Maximum speed: 351 km / h (190 knots, 218 mph)
Range: 978 km (524 nmi, 603 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (22,960 ft)
armament

2 x 7.9 mm machine guns
4 x 50 kg bombs

Sources:


https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soko_522

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