|Vertega V-8 Blizzard in flight|
|First flight||18 December 1972|
|Introduction||18 March 1975|
|Primary user||Granzerian Royal Air Force|
|Developed into||Vertega V-10|
The Vertega V-8 (nicknamed "Blizzard") was a lightweight fighter aircraft designed by Vertega Aerospace to replace the Vertega V-7 and supplement heavier fighters such as the KmFzG-13 Weisserrabe. The aircraft first saw combat during the Transkarpatian War, during which the V-8, despite suffering from reliability issues, outperformed Stasnovan aircraft such as the VeK-21 and VeK-23.
Design and development
The aircraft's main design elements date to early 1965, from the GRAF Juhasz State Design Bureau Program 233. The P-233 was itself derived from the Vertega V-7, and features a longer fuselage, small leading-edge root extensions (LERX), and more powerful turbojets, rated at 40kN each. The wing was slightly elevated to increase ordnance flexibility.
- Crew: 1
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