No. 12522. PZL P.38/I Wilk
Photographed at the XVI Salon de l'Aéronautique, Paris, France, November 1938
Photograph from Musée de l'Air

PZL P.38/I Wilk

08/31/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Conceived as a multi-role fighter and designed by a team led by Franciszek Misztal, the Wilk (Wolf) was intended primarily as an attack fighter with secondary escort and intercept tasks. Of all-metal construction, the Wilk was projected with the indigenous P.Z.L. Foka (Seal) eight-cylinder air-cooled inverted V-engine, the proposed armament consisting of two 0.787 in (20 mm) Wz 38 cannon and twin 0.312 in (7.92 mm) Wz 36 machineguns in the nose, and twin 0.312 in (7.92 mm) guns on a flexible mounting for the second crew member.

Difficulties in development of the Foka engine led to the second prototype, the P.38/II, being fitted with two 450 hp Ranger SGV-770B twelve-cylinder engines. This aircraft flew in May 1938, the first prototype with 620 hp Foka II engines not flying until January 1939. In the meantime, a more refined development of the basic design, the P.48 Lampart (Leopard) powered by 700 hp Gnome-Rhone 14M Mars radials, had succeeded the Wilk in future planning, but prototypes had yet to be completed at the time of the German invasion of Poland. The following data relate to the Foka II-powered Wilk prototype.

Created August 31, 2014