Every now and then, we get to hear of new planes breaking the records in terms of how fast they are. The world is constantly in a race and is in constant need of more and more innovations that could fulfill its needs while going along with its pace. Therefore, we always constantly hear of more and more planes being the fastest in the world. Yet, ever wondered what is the slowest plane in the world?
The PZL M-15, the world’s slowest plane
The PZL M-15 plane is the slowest flight in the world. You can typically call it a flying turtle in the sky! It can only fly 200 km in one hour! This is only a speed of 120 mph!!! There is only a total of 175 PZL M-15 planes that have been manufactured.
How did it start?
The PZL M-15 plane also goes by the name “Belphegor”. It was manufactured in Poland through the collaboration of Poland and Russia as part of the Soviet Union. The world’s first PZL M-15 plane ever was manufactured in 1973. Despite being manufactured by the Soviet Union, the PZL M-15 plane was not manufactured for war or military purposes.
The main purpose of manufacturing the PZL M-15 plane was for agriculture purposes. The Soviet Union aimed at increasing the production of the agricultural products. There had already been an existing agricultural aircraft, the Antonov An-2 piston-engines biplane. However, its capacity was not enough to fulfill the Soviet Union aim of increasing the production of the agricultural products. Therefore, the PZL M-15 plane was manufactured in an attempt to meet the Soviet Union’s agricultural targets.
The PZL M-15 plane came with a lot of issues!
The PZL M-15 plane turned out to be not the best means to increase the production of the agricultural products. There were many issues faced with the PZL M-15 plane. First, its manufacture was very expensive. Moreover, it also turned out to be very costly to operate. Agricultural pilots in the farm also found it very difficult to fly the PZL M-15 plane as they had had no previous experience in flying jets.
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