KZ-III Lark

The KZ-III was one of the Skandinavisk Aero Industri’s best-sellers with a total of 64 built. It was developed during World-War II, while SAI was located at Tuborg’s Harbour.

The KZ-III prototype was equipped with a 90 h.p. deHavilland Gipsy Major I engine, while the subsequent prototype and the production models were using the 100 h.p. Cirrus Minor II.

The plane first flew in 1944, painted in ambulance colours.

The KZ-III was one of the few aircrafts that were certified in the UK after WWII, and SAI managed to sell a few abroad, despite the complain that the aft-view was dismal. Two were sold to the Danish army as recognesance planes immediately after the war, but the majority was sold domestically.

Around 24 of the 64 planes are still flying.

Specifications

Wing-span: 9.60m
Length: 6.53m
Height: 2.10m
Wing Area: 13.00 sq.m
Weight Empty: 419 kg
Max. All-up weight: 650 kg
Wing Loading: 10 lbs/sq ft.
Power-Loading: 16 lbs/h.p.
Max. speed: 185 km/h
Cruising speed: 165 km/h
Landing speed: 55 km/h
Rate of climb: 700 ft/mile
Range normal: 500 km
Range with extra tank:  800km
Service Ceiling: 4150m

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