VL Puuska (Gust) was a Finnish wooden lightweight fighter proposed by Valtion lentokonetehdas (VL, State Aircraft Factory) in 1942.
The Puuska was envisaged as essentially a cheaper, downsized version of the VL Pyörremyrsky, with the same Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1 engine. The landing gear, however, was to be narrower, similar to the one in the Messerschmitt Bf 109. In fact, the Puuska was meant to use as much parts from the Bf 109 as possible. Two variants with different radiators, coded PU-411 and PU-412, were planned.
Although the Finnish Air Force ordered VL to start designing the type in 1944, the Puuska never got past the preliminary design stage, as VL was too busy with other projects.
Planned specifications Edit
- Crew: 1
- Length: 7,5 m (24 ft 7 in)
- Span: 9,2 m (30 ft 2 in)
- Maximum take-off weight: 2 750 kg (6,063 Ib)
- Maximum speed: 650 km/h (404 mph)
- Service ceiling: 14 000 m (46,000 ft)
- Armament: One 20 mm MG 151 autocannon, 200 rounds