Avia BH-19

The Avia BH-19 was a fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1924. It was a low-wing braced monoplane derived from the Avia BH-3 and reflected its designers' ongoing belief that the monoplane configuration was the most suitable for a fighter aircraft. Initial trials revealed excellent performance, but also displayed control problems and aileron flutter. Nevertheless, the Czechoslovakian Army was sufficiently impressed to inform Avia that it would order the BH-19 if the problems could be rectified. The first prototype was destroyed in a crash during speed trials, and the second prototype revealed no better handling than its predecessor. At this point, the Czechoslovakian War Ministry stepped in and asked Avia to cease its attempts to develop a monoplane fighter.

Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1924
Number built 2


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 7.37 m (24 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 18.3 m2 (197 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 792 kg (1,746 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,155 kg (2,546 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 230 kW (310 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 245 km/h (152 mph)
  • Range: 520 km (320 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.6 m/s (1,090 ft/min)


See also

Related development


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 86.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 86.
  • Němeček, V. (1968). Československá letadla. Praha: Naše Vojsko.
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