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VL Pyry


Aircraft Picture - VL Pyry at the Finnish Aviation Museum

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Role: Reconnaissance/fighter
Manufacturer: Valtion lentokonetehdas
First flight: 29 March 1939
Introduced: 1941
Retired: 7 September 1962
Status: Retired
Primary user: Finnish Air Force
Number built: 41

VL Pyry was a Finnish low-winged, two-seated fighter trainer aircraft, built by the State Aircraft Factory (Valtion lentokonetehdas) for use with the Finnish Air Force. The Pyry was in use from 1939 to 1962. The aircraft was a mixed construction of wood, steel, fabric, and duraluminium.


The Finnish Air Force ordered a prototype of the aircraft in 1937. It was to be called VL Pyry I and carried the identification number PY-1.

The chief designer was Arvo Ylinen, and the other persons of the design team were Martti Vainio, Torsti Verkkola, and Edward Wegelius.

The first flight was made on March 29 1939 by the factory test pilot, Lieutenant Jorma Visapxx. The FAF ordered 40 aircraft in May and the aircraft were quickly constructed and were ready in spring of 1941. These aircraft were known as VL Pyry II and their identification numbers were PY-2 - PY-41.

The first unit to be equipped with Pyrys was the Air Force School in Kauhava, in 1941. The aircraft was used to train pilots for 20 years and it was one of the most successful Finnish airplane constructions. Around 700 pilots were trained in the aircraft and the type accumulated over 56,000 flying hours. The first accident with a Pyry happened in March 1943, when major E.O. Ehrnrooth stressed the aircraft too hard. Ehrnooth, who was the commander of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 squadron, died in the accident.

The last flight with the Pyry was made in Hxrmxlx on 7 September 1962. Captain Veikko Hietamies was the pilot of the PY-1 and senior lieutenant Keijo Elio piloted the PY-27.


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Specifications (VL Pyry)

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General characteristics

Crew: Two
Length: 7.70 m (25 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
Height: ()
Max takeoff weight: 1,535 kg (3,380 lb)
Powerplant: 1x Wright Whirlwind R-975-E3 air cooled radial engine, 313 kW (420 hp)


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