Posted by: Gregoryno6 | May 8, 2018

The PZL M-15 Belphegor – Straight from the Pages of Herbert’s Dune!

Get a room full of bureaucrats together and ask them to design a plane.

Aces Flying High

On the far side of the outdoor air park at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow you will find a very unusual oddity in aviation history. There you will see a bizarre looking jet powered twin boom biplane that could well have been inspired by Frank Herbert’s tales of Dune!

What is it? This large and ungainly looking aircraft is a PZL M-15 Belphegor Ag-plane, designed and built in Poland in the 1970’s. Designed for utilitarian, practical purpose rather than beauty!

PZL M-15 Belphegor Ag-plane at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow PZL M-15 Belphegor Ag-plane at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow (August 2017)

In the early 1970’s the Soviet Union were looking into jet powered agricultural aircraft for crop spraying and crop dusting. The Polish aviation industry were invited to be involved in this project. The intention was to be able to cover large agricultural areas more quickly and efficiently than traditional Ag-planes such as the Antonov…

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  1. That’s a sweet looking ride. I love it!


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