FMA I.A.27 Pulqui “What ifs”

Designed by Emile Dewoitine, well known in the French aviation industry before World War II, the I.Ae.27 Pulqui (Arrow) was not only the first single-seat fighter to be designed in Argentina; it was also the first turbojet-powered aircraft to be built and flown by the nation. A cantilever low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction, the Pulqui had a conventional tail unit, retractable tricycle landing gear, and accommodation for the pilot well forward on the fuselage beneath a jettisonable canopy. Power was provided by a Rolls-Royce Derwent turbojet mounted in the aft fuselage.

First flown on 9 August 1947, the Pulqui proved disappointing in tests, with performance well below estimates, and further development was abandoned.


Fuerza Aerea Argentina day fighter-bomber

Pulqui - Argentina 1

Nightfighter variant with second seat and wing mounted radar in pod (inspired by F6F-3N Wildcat)

Pulqui - Argentina NF 1

Mexican air force import (scheme based on T-33)

Pulqui - Brazil 1

For the Ace Combat fans here is one in the colours of the Sapin Air Force (country inspired by Spain)

Pulqui - Sapin 1


Author: Tony Wilkins

When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.

One thought on “FMA I.A.27 Pulqui “What ifs””

  1. It’s great to hear about obscure aircraft, and thanks for the lovely paint schemes. I must say, I’m not surprised that the Pulqui was not a great performer. It does look a bit like a middle aged man. Thick round the middle and lacking power.

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