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The name of this Polish aerobatic display team comes from their choice of aircraft, the turboprop trainer PZL-130 Orlik (Eaglet). The Radom-based team performed their first international display at the Air Tattoo just a few months after they were established in 1998. The pride of the Polish Air Force has since become a popular guest at airshows across Europe. Team Orlik finally returns to Austria for AIRPOWER16 after making an appearance in Zeltweg in 2009.

The original aerobatic display team consisted of five PZL-130TC-I Orlik aircraft, eventually growing to up to nine. Since 2013 the team's pilots have flown the PZL-130TC-II Orlik, which boasts improved avionics and a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop engine. For the 2016 season Team Orlik is performing with eight of these aircraft.

Aircraft PZL-130TC-II Orlik

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  • © Oren Rozen

  • © Oren Rozen

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