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Ikarus S-49A * Retired *
Forty-five S-49A delivered from 1951. The first prototype of this single-seat fighter was designated S-49 and first flew in 1948. The design was derived from the pre-war IK-3, although it bore a resemblance to the Yak-9. The initial production version, the S-49A with a Klimov VK-105 engine, copied the Yak's mixed wood/metal construction. Production began in 1949 and deliveries officioally commenced on 21 May 1950. Used by the 117th and 204th Aviation Regts. Withdrawn from front-line service in 1957 and retired in 1961. One S-49B was built with a Daimler-Benz DB605 engine.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2319       stored MJV museum Belgrade Mar 2001
Known losses: ? 1951 at Zadar.


  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)

Ikarus S-49C * Retired *
One hundred and thirty S-49C delivered from 1952. The S-49C was an improved version with all-metal construction, Hispano-Suiza 12Z engine with prominent side cooling filters and a revised cockpit canopy faired down at the rear. Produced in S-49C-1 and S-49C-2 sub-variants. Used by 112th and 227th Aviation Regts. Withdrawn from service in 1961.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2379       w/o 18 May 1953 at Batajnica with VOC
2389       S-49C-1
2400       S-49C-2, preserved MJV museum Belgrade
Known losses: 22 Sept 1953 at Brežice, 7 Aug 1954, 31 Aug 1954 at Pula (hit Yak-9P), 16 May 1957.


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