Seen here at General Aviation Day at Paine Field WA
The IAR-823 is a civil and military trainer aircraft built in Romania from 1974 until 1983. It is a conventional low-wing monoplane with retractable tricycle undercarriage. The pilot and instructor sit side-by-side, and two more seats can be fitted behind them. The type was adopted by the Romanian Air Force as a primary trainer, and was also supplied to Romanian and Hungarian aeroclubs and the national flying school of Angola.
The main customer was the Romanian Air Force, which needed to replace the IAR-813 in the basic flight training role. Initially they were assigned to the 20th Regiment at Boboc, subsequently some were transferred to the 19th Regiment on the grass airfield at Focsani. Small numbers of aircraft were delivered to the Romanian Air Club, being operated at Brasov, Clinceni, Pitesti, Deva and other airfields.
42 aircraft has been registered in the USA since the year 2000 (according to FAA data), most of them being ex-Romanian Air Force examples and possibly a few from the Romanian Air Club. Another 5 planes are unregistered (yet), bringing the total to 47 airframes.
"Hai Fetito" Romanian for "Come on Baby girl" or something like it?.
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