- RWD (aircraft manufacturer)
RWD was a Polish
aircraftconstruction bureau active between 1928 and 1939. It started as a team of three young designers, Stanisław Rogalski, Stanisław Wiguraand Jerzy Drzewiecki, whose names formed the RWD acronym.
They started work while studying at
Warsaw University of Technology. In December 1925, with some other student constructors, they set up workshops at the Aviation Section of Mechanics Students' Club ("Sekcja Lotnicza Koła Mechaników Studentów"), where they manufactured their first designs. From 1926 they designed several aircraft alone ( Drzewiecki JD-2and WR-1), in 1928 they joined forces as one team, starting with RWD-1sportsplane. Apart from building planes, J. Drzewiecki was a test pilot of their designs, while S. Wigura flew as a mechanic in competitions. In 1930 the team was moved to new workshops at Okęciedistrict in Warsaw, near the Okęcie aerodrome, today's Warsaw International Airport, founded by the LOPPparamilitary organization. On 11 September 1932, Stanisław Wiguradied in an air crash in the RWD-6during a storm, but the RWD name continued to be used for new designs (according to a popular story, the letter W now "de facto" stood for engineer Jerzy Wędrychowski, but he was not a designer). In 1933, Rogalski, Drzewiecki and Wędrychowski founded the company " Doświadczalne Warsztaty Lotnicze" (DWL, Experimental Aeronautical Works) in Warsaw, which became a manufacturer of further RWD aircraft. Apart from Rogalski and Drzewiecki, in a construction bureau worked designers Tadeusz Chyliński, [Andrzej Glass (2003). "Słownik biograficzny techników polskich", SBTP: Warsaw, p. 24: fragment of its entry about Tadeusz Chyliński: ( _pl. W 1937 r. podjął prace w Doświadczalnych Warsztatach Lotniczych (RWD) jako konstr., jednocześnie kontynuowal studia. Pracował przy dok. seryjnej samolotu obserwacyjnego RWD-14 Czapla, następnie zaprojektował plat samolotu zawodniczego RWD-19, kadlub samolotu dyspozycyjnego RWD-18, łoże silnika do samolotu szk. RWD-23i dźwigar płata samolotu myśliwskiego RWD-25. W l. 1933-38 byl czl. Sekcji Lotniczej Kola Mechaników Stud. PW.)] , Bronisław Żurakowski, Leszek Dulębaand Andrzej Anczutinand several engineers, including Henryk Millicer.
At first, the RWD team designed and built light
sportsplanes. Early designs RWD-2and RWD-4were built in small series and used in Polish sports aviation, including their debut at the Challenge 1930international contest. Their next designs performed particularly well in competitions - the RWD-6won the Challenge 1932and RWD-9s won the Challenge 1934international contest. The sportsplane RWD-5was the lightest plane to fly across the Atlanticin 1933. Three types saw mass production: the RWD-8, which became the Polish Air Force basic trainer, the RWD-13touring plane and the RWD-14 Czaplareconnaissance plane (1938).
Other important designs were the
RWD-10 aerobaticplane (1933), RWD-17aerobatic-trainer plane (1937) and RWD-21light sport plane (1939). World War IIprevented further development and serial production of later RWD designs, and put an end to the RWD construction bureau and the DWL workshops.
List of RWD designs
- Built as a "record plane", it set off after less than 20 metres runway.
- Derived from
- Produced by the LWS, all commissioned by
- Out of 125 ordered by the Polish Army (120) and Polish Navy (5).
- First flight planned in December 1939; it was one of the first two engine civilian planes in the world.
- Based on a
RWD-9prototype, designed to test a 3-wheel gear for the RWD-18.
- Designed as a successor of the
- Land-based version of the
* Glass, Andrzej: "Polskie konstrukcje lotnicze 1893-1939" ("Polish Aviation Designs 1893-1939"), WKiŁ, Warsaw 1977 pl icon
* Glass, Andrzej: "Slownik biograficzny technikow polskich" ("The Biographical Dictionary of Polish technologists"), SBTP, Warsaw 2003 pl icon
* [http://rwd-dwl.net/tresc.htm RWD aeroplanes]
* [http://rwd-dwl.net/ History of RWD and DWL works] (Polish and French)
* [http://www.powiat.mielec.pl/poser/samoloty/rwd/index.htm List of RWD constructions] (Polish)
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