The Avia S-199 was a fighter aircraft built after World War II by the Avia Company, a branch of the enormous Škoda Works in Czechoslovakia. It was constructed with parts and plans left over from Luftwaffe aircraft production that had taken place under the country's German occupation during the war. The S-199 continued to use the Bf 109G airframe but, with none of the original engines available, an alternative engine had to be used. It was decided that as a replacement for the original engine, the aircraft would use the same engine (Junkers Jumo 211) and propeller as the Heinkel He 111 bomber. The resulting combination of parts was an aircraft with extremely poor handling qualities. The substitute engine was heavier than, and lacked the responsiveness of, the Daimler-Benz unit, and the torque created by the massive paddle-bladed propeller made control very difficult. This, in combination with the 109's narrow-track undercarriage, made landings and take-offs extremely hazardous.
Despite the aircraft's numerous problems and unpopularity with its pilots, it achieved fame as the first fighter obtained by the Israeli Air Force, for use during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Czechoslovak pilots nicknamed it Mezek ("Mule"), while in Israel it was officially known as the Sakeen ("knife" in Hebrew). In practice, the aircraft was more often called Messerschmitt or Messer (which also means "knife", in German and Yiddish).
|1/32 scale kits|
|ARBA 1/32 Avia S-199||Conversion kit|
|1/48 scale kits|
|Academy 1/48 Avia S-199||Reissue of Hobbycraft kit|
|Hobbycraft 1/48 Avia S-199||Two boxings|
|Kiwi Resins 1/48 Avia S-199||Conversion kit|
|1/72 scale kits|
|AML 1/72 Avia S-199|
|Kora 1/72 Avia S-199|
|KP 1/72 Avia S-199|
|1/144 scale kits|
|FE Resin 1/72 Avia S-199|
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