The IAR 80 airplanes made history during World War II. They have been engaged in battle from the first to the last day of the bloody conflict. Books and articles have been written about these planes and their pilots – our heroes – which we must remember with so much respect.

In this section we intend to present articles having as main topic the technical aspects of the IAR 80 aircraft: design, manufacture, equipment variants, performance, etc.

In the few articles written so far on this subject there is a lot of misinformation that has caused confusion.

The main reason is in fact the lack of a complete documentation of the IAR 80.

As the Sky Legend team started this project trying to gather as much technical information as possible about the IAR80 it set out to clarify the technical aspects of its history in addition to building a flying replica.

Topics preferred by many commentators, who have not had access to verified sources or who see only the sensational, have become true urban legends without any real basis, such as:

  • there is an original copy at a museum in Turkey, for which a fabulous sum is demanded from the Romanian state;
  • the wing was designed in terms of geometry as a 1: 2 scale copy of the wings of the Savoia Marchetti SM-79b;
  • in a ranking of fighter aircraft as ranked 4th in the world in 1939 and ranked tenth in 1943;
  • it was manufactured as a hodgepodge, tinkering with assemblies from several planes, the Romanian designers having a minimal role;
  • it was underpowered, with an engine of too little power;
  • the engine consumed a lot of oil;
  • it was difficult to fly, especially on landing;

and the list is long. We will strive to dismantle these stories step by step, bringing verified arguments.

Our articles aim to present a more objective image of this aircraft, unbiased and based on clear and logical information.

All articles are written by members or collaborators of the Sky Legend Association.

We invite you on the blog in the History category to comment together!


Airplane geometry – reverse engineering (part 1)

Statement of Work IAR80R

The I.A.R. 80/81 propeller (part II)

The I.A.R. 80/81 propeller

About the IAR 80/81; the mass production

About IAR 80/81; Number 1

Simulatoare de zbor IAR 80 

Disponibilitatea avioanelor IAR 80 în perioada 1950-1951

Două legende privind uzina „Industria Aeronautică Română” de la Braşov

10 iunie 1944, între legendă şi adevăr !

Cu o escadrilă de avioane IAR -80 în Crimeea

Motorul IAR 14K – controverse

Motorul Gnome-Rhône K 14- istoric

Istoria IAR-ului 80 – piloți, date și statistici

I.A.R.80 si I.A.R.81 – O disertatie pe tema trenului de aterizare



Tur virtual avioane USAAF inamice IAR -ului 80

Despre Warbirds


I.A.R. 80 și bătălia din 10 iunie 1944—1 (

I.A.R. 80 și bătălia din 10 iunie 1944—2 (



IAR-80/81 Walk Around (