PZL I-22 Iryda

The PZL I-22 Iryda (Polish for Iridium) is a Polish jet trainer ( trainer aircraft ), which was developed and built in the 1970s by the Polish aircraft manufacturer PZL Mielec.


The PZL I-22 Iryda was intended as a successor model for the jet trainer PZL TS -11 Iskra and Lim -6 in the Polish Air Force. The aircraft is a twin-engine high-wing monoplane with two rear seats in tandem. Externally, the I-22 is very similar to the Franco- German Alpha Jet from the 1970s. Two prototypes were prepared using a copy serves only as a fraction of the cell static load tests. The other prototype made ​​its maiden flight on 5 March 1985, crashed on January 31, 1987 during a test flight from. It was not until September 1991 flew four more test aircraft. The Polish Air Force received between 1992 and 1996 a total of eight I-22, although it was part of the Polish armed forces considered to create more than 30 aircraft. Mid -1990s, the program was eventually discontinued due to financial and technical problems. Only a few copies were used by the Polish Air Force.

As engines several aggregates were considered, such as the Canadian and Polish JT15D engines, such as the K-15 or D- 18A.