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PZL.54 Rys

PZL.54 Rys

Manufacturer: Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze
Status: Project
Primary user: Polish Air Force (planned)
Produced: 1939
Number built: Incomplete prototype
Developed from: PZL.48 Lampart

The PZL.54 Rys (Lynx) was a pre-war Polish heavy fighter design developed in 1939 by the PZL company.

Design and development

Based on the PZL.48 Lampart (which in turn was a modification of the PZL.38 Wilk), the aircraft was to be equipped with more powerful Hispano Suiza 12Z inline engines, and was slated to become one of the basic fighter-bombers of the Polish Army.The aircraft was to be an all-metal (duraluminium) low-wing monoplane, with a classic retractable landing gear and a fixed tail wheel. The aerodynamic profile was based on the highly successful PZL.37 Łoś bomber, including the double tail fins. The aircraft was to be armed with six 7.9 mm machine guns (3 in each wing), two 20mm cannon (in the nose) and twin 7.9 mm MGs in the rear gunner's station. In addition, the aircraft was to be able to deliver a single 500 kg aerial bomb mounted below the fuselage.

The construction of the first prototype was stopped by the outbreak of the Polish Defensive War.

Operators (planned)


Polish Air Force

Related development

PZL.38 Wilk
PZL.48 Lampart

Comparable aircraft

Fw 187

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