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Industria Aeronautica Româna IAR-80

The IAR-80 was the only domestically designed Romanian fighter to see service during the War. It was obsolete compared with the P-51 Mustangs and P-38 Lightnings flown by their U.S. opponents. The cannon-armed IAR 81C was, however, particularly effective against the bombers, and in the eight raids flown against Ploesti between April 5 and June 6, 1944, the bombers averaged an unacceptably heavy seven-percent loss rate.

On June 10th, 1044, known as "the blackest day in the history of the American fighter forces in WW II", 23 Romanian pilots in their IAR-80s claimed 23 P-38s for a loss of seven of their own. Of 23 P-38s claimed by the Romanians, the 1st FG lost a total of 14 and numerous others were crippled.


The kit also includes all laser-cut balsa and ply, full-size plans, construction manual, and vacuum-formed canopy, cowling, scoop and spinner.

IAR-80 Port Side

Dimensions of the model:

  • Scale - 1:12
  • Wingspan - 34 inches
  • Area - 146 square inches
  • Length - 29 inches
  • Weight - 17 to 19 ounces
  • Power - Speed-400

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Construction Manual
Aircraft of Lt. Ion Galea
Markings Guide
Landing Gear Decal
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