From The Archives: Meta Sokol Shows Ruggedness, Stability

Czechoslovakia's Meta Sokol is a "four-place" single engine aircraft which in this pilot report is described as "a rugged and  easily flown plane implicitly designed for operations in rough conditions where maintenance could be a problem".

The aircraft has been flown since 1956 and had been "fairly successful" as a Czech export item but government officials refuse to give exact production figures. This article, published 60 years ago, explained that the aircraft was to be phased out of production late 1962. 

Herbert J. Coleman suggests that the aircraft compared favorably with its Western counterparts and in flying the aircraft, he said it had an unusual feature - a button on the control wheel that looks like a radio button. It controls the rpm. of the two-blade Avia V-410 metal propeller. 

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