The first turboprop to come out of the Ivčenko works, the AI-20 was first run in the mid 1950s – and can likely trace its roots back to German jet engine research in the closing days of WW2. As such, it has always been a powerful – but very crude – unit, well known for its tendency to smoke like mad at higher throttle settings. Honestly, I don’t understand why the Croatian AF had even bothered painting them in low-visibility grey… you could spot them miles out without trying.

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