The IAR 81 was the follow-on model, some of which were armed with four machine guns and two cannon. Other models were equipped with hard points for carrying drop tanks or bombs. There was a two-seat version of the IAR 80 that was produce in limited numbers--they remained in use after WWII.
The LOOTM for June, the IAR 80/81. Enjoy!
Additional information on the June LOOTM - IAR Fighters from a Romanian reader.
NOTE: Please see the interesting facts we received from George Bunea about our June LOOTM. George is 53 years old, and lives in Bucharest, Romania.
Thank you George for your excellent input to our website!
During WWII, there were MANY American bombing raids over Romanian oil fields of Ploiesti and even over Bucharest.
And there were A LOT OF Liberators shot down by A LOT OF Romanian IAR 81 fighter planes and by the Romanian army AA gunners.
In fact, many American pilots were frightened by IAR 81 due to the simple fact that they always believed that it was Focke Wulf 190 and not just a Romanian fighter plane. And if you will refer to some American war archives, you will find out that IAR 81 fighter planes were only outnumbered by the American fighter planes, but not defeated! At one point, they
(Romanian pilots and planes) were just a few, against too many!
What I have to say is that, unfortunately, I do not know why that picture does not have the real colors, that is, when you go to that museum (as I did myself) you realize that the colors in the picture are not the ones you see by you own eyes. Another information is that this plane was built in the same place where IAR 81 were built during WWII.
They used the original drawings that were found in an archive, after so many years.(short after finishing the plane construction , the originals just vanished and no one knows where they are now). They also used all the information they could gather from the Romanian pilots that were still alive at that time.
When the Russians came here at the end of the war, they have taken every plane, every piece of bolt and nut, all the machinery, drawings , specialists and transported everything to Russia by train. Then they ordered that all remaining IAR 81 be scrapped. Afterwards, Romania wasn't allowed for decades to built another planes.
That was the time when a joke was created by the Romanians - a joke for which many of them were put in jail for decades:
QUESTION: "Do you know the principle of Mendeleev?Ē
ANSWER: ďNothing is lost, everything is transported!"