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.

1 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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