Bernard 20

The Bernard 20 was a 1920s French single-seat monoplane fighter aircraft designed and built by the Société des Avions Bernard.[1] Originally displayed as a mock-up at the 1928 Paris Air Show it was a low-wing monoplane based on the Bernard V2 racer.[1] The prototype powered by a 400 hp (298 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Jb inline piston engine first flew in July 1929 from Orly. With its racing inheritance, in 1930 the aircraft flew at a speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).[1] With the lack of interest by the French authorities for monoplanes the project was abandoned after 18 months of test flying.[1]

Bernard 20
Role Single-seat monoplane fighter aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Bernard
First flight 1929
Number built 1

Specifications

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.45 m (24 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.50 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 16.70 m2 (179.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,023 kg (2,255 lb) equipped
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,370 kg (3,020 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Jb V-12 water cooled piston engine, 300 kW (400 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)

Armament

  • Guns: Two fixed 7.7 mm (0.303 in) synchronised machine-guns

References

Notes
  1. Orbis 1985, pp. 637-638
Bibliography
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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