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 G-2 GALEB

 

photo: Nikola Dimitrievic

Manufacturer:

Vazduhoplovna Industrija SOKO DD

Country of origin:

Yugoslavia

Class:

Trainer

Type:

Basic flying and armament trainer with light attack capability

Powerplant:

One DMB (Rolls-Royce/Bristol Siddeley) Viper ASV.11 Mk 22-6 turbojet rated at 11.12 kN dry

Fuel capacity: Internal fuel 780 kg; external fuel up to 340 kg in two jettisonable tip tanks; no provision for in-flight refueling

Dimensions:

Wing: Span 10.47 m excluding tip tanks and 11.62 m including tip tanks; aspect ratio 5.55; area 19.43 m2

Fuselage and tail dimensions: Length 10.34 m; height 3.28 m; tailplane span 4.27 m; wheel track 3.89 m; wheel base 3.59 m

Operational weights: Empty 2620 kg equipped; normal take-off typically 3488 kg with tip tanks, maximum take-off weight 4300 kg

Performance:

Maximum level speed ‘clean’ 812 km/h at 6200 m and 756 km/h at sea level; cruising speed, maximum 730 km/h at 6000 m

Ferry range 1242 km with tip tanks; endurance 2 hours 30 minutes

Maximum rate of climb at sea level 1370 m per minute; climb to 6000 m in 5 minutes 30 seconds; service ceiling 12000 m

G limits: -4 to +8

Crew:

Pupil and instructor in tandem on HSA (Folland) Type 1-B lightweight ejector seats

Fixed armaments:

Two 12.7 mm Colt-Browning M3 machine guns with 80 rounds per gun in the nose

Disposable armaments:

Up to 300 kg of disposable stores carried on two hardpoints (both under the wings with the each unit each rated at 150 kg); typical weapons are two 150, 100 and 50 kg bombs, or two 127 mm unguided rockets, or four 55 mm unguided rockets

Electronics & operational equipment:

Standard communication and navigation equipment, plus (fire control and weapons management) Ferranti ISIS D-126R gyro sight, there is also provision in the rear cockpit for a reconnaissance camera with 125-exposure magazine

Operators:

Libya (30+)

SFR Yugoslavia (c.150)

Zambia (2)

Total manufactured by variant:

G-2A Galeb

Yugoslavia (c.150)

Zambia (2)

G-2A-E

Libya (30+)

Variants:

G-2A Galeb: This was SOKO’s first design to reach fruition, the program being launched in 1957 to provide the Yugoslav Air Force with a capable yet simple turbojet-powered trainer. The Galeb (seagull) first flew in May 1961 and entered production in 1963, and impressed Western analysts with its similarity to the Aeromacchi MB-326 series in its low-wing layout, straight flying surfaces, and unstepped accommodation.

G-2A-E Galeb: This was export model delivered from 1974 to Libya with a number of detail modifications and improvements, especially in the navigation.

special thanks to Luka Baturan


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