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

Soko 522
Role Training and light attack aircraft
Manufacturer SOKO
Designer Šostarić, Marjanović and Čurčić
First flight February 1955
Introduction 1955
Retired 1978
Primary user Yugoslav Air Force
Number built approx. 110

History edit

The Soko 522 was designed by Yugoslav engineers Šostarić, Marjanović and Čurčić at the Ikarus Aircraft Factory in Zemun. The first prototype flew in February 1955. After the initial success of the new aircraft, production was transferred to the Soko aircraft factory in Mostar. Production lasted until 1961 and totalled 110 units. The Soko 522 was used as the primary trainer aircraft for the Yugoslav air force until it was retired in 1978.

It gained some fame for its role in war movies filmed in Yugoslavia during the 1960s and 1970s, where it was used to portray the Fw 190 German fighter. Some of its prominent movie roles were in the Yugoslav Oscar candidate Battle of Neretva and Kelly's Heroes, starring Clint Eastwood.

Operators edit

  Yugoslavia

Surviving aircraft edit

 
A preserved Soko 522 exhibited at the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.
France
Serbia
  • 60132 – Soko 522 on static display at the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.[2]
  • 60157 – Soko 522 on static display at the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.[2]
  • 60204 – Soko 522 on static display at the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.[2]
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Slovenia
United States

Specifications (Soko 522) edit

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 9.20 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.58 m (11 ft 9 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,089 kg (2,400 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp air-cooled radial engine, 450 kW (600 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 351 km/h (218 mph, 190 kn)
  • Range: 978 km (608 mi, 528 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament
Avionics
radio AN-ARC-3, VKT 100-156 Mhz range 45km at 1000ft, 200km at 10 000ft
radiocompass AN-ARN-6 100-1750 khZ or AD-722

See also edit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Soko 522 - Untitled". Airliners.net. 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "AviationMuseum.eu". Muzej Yugoslovenskog Ratnog Vazduhoplovstva. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Airframe Dossier - SOKO 522, s/n 60143 YAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Paviljon C". Park Vojaške Zgodovine Pivka (in Slovenian). Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Airframe Dossier - SOKO 522, c/n U-210, c/r N210TU". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Member's Aircraft". Dixie Wing. Archived from the original on 3 May 2003. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  7. ^ Taylor 1961, pp. 355–356.

Bibliography edit

  • Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1961.
  • Illustrated history of aviation ’’Modern Ikars“, IRO Vuk Karadzic&Sluzbeni list SFRJ, Belgrade, 1989. ISBN 86-307-0088-2
  • Yugoslavian Air Force and Air Defence, group of authors, VINC, Belgrade, 1989.