Friday, August 26, 2011

Kagero Monographs 7 PZL P.24 A-G

Although built in fewer numbers than the PZL P.11, the PZL P.24 was for a period during the 1930s the fastest and most heavily armed single-seat fighter in the world. Having acquired early notoriety at the Paris Salon with their innovative wing design, the P.24 represented the ultimate development of the family of fighter planes designed by Zygmunt Pu-lawski and saw service in the air forces of four countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey. When PZL (Panstwowe Zaklady Lotnicze, or National Aircraft Works) opened for production near Warsaw's Mokotow airfield in 1928, twenty-seven year old Zygmunt Pulawski was hired as the main designer. In 1925 he had graduated with honors from the Department of Mechanics at Warsaw Polytechnic and was awarded an apprentice-ship at the Breguet airplane factory in France. Having graduated in 1927 from Air Officer Cadet Reserve School, where he earned his pilot's license, he was hired by the Central Aircraft Machine Shops in Warsaw, which later became PZL.