BILL EWING COLLECTION
No. 12309. IAR CV-11
Photograph from Musée de l'Air

IAR CV-11

02/28/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The first original aircraft design produced by the Industria Aeronautica Romana (I.A.R), established in 1925, was the CV-11 single-seat fighter completed and flown, in 1930. Designed by Elie Carafoli and a French engineer, Mr. Virmoux, the CV-11 was of mixed metal and wood construction and powered by a 600 hp Lorraine 12Fa Courlis twelve-cylinder W-engine, armament comprising two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machineguns.

After completion of the initial flight test program, the Lorraine engine was replaced by a 500 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Mc twelve-cylinder V-engine with which it was tested at Istres, France, during the first quarter of 1931. It then returned to Romania, where, on December 9, 1931, the CV-11 made an attempt on the 310.7 mls (500 km) closed-circuit speed record. However, an engine failure necessitated a forced landing in which the pilot, Captain Romeo Popescu, was killed. The following data relate to the Hispano-Suiza-engined CV-11.

Created February 28, 2014