Bernard 82

The Bernard 82 was a French single-engined long-range monoplane bomber designed and built by Société des Avions Bernard. Only two prototypes were built and the type did not enter production.[1]

Bernard 82
Bernard 82-B.3 (ca 1934)
Role Long-range bomber
National origin France
Manufacturer Société des Avions Bernard
First flight 11 December 1933
Number built 2
Developed from Bernard 80 GR

Design and development

The Bernard 82 was developed from the long-range Bernard 80 GR, which had been designed to set long-distance-flight records.[1] The all-metal Bernard 82 was a three-seat long-range bomber, known at the time as a bombardier de represaillies or reprisal bomber.[1] The cantilever mid-wing monoplane was powered by an 860 hp (641 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs inline piston engine.[1] The first prototype flew from Le Bourget on 11 December 1933, and in March 1932 was joined by the second prototype.[1] Flight testing showed the twin lateral radiators to be inadequate; they were replaced by front-mounted radiators. Landing-gear deficiencies were the most persistent difficulty encountered during testing.[1] The retractable landing gear regularly failed; resulting in wheels-up landings. The problem was never resolved, and testing was halted in mid-1935; the production contract for ten aircraft was cancelled.[1]

In August 1936 the second prototype was re-engined with a 650 hp (485 kW) CLM Lille 6As, a licence-built Jumo 205 diesel engine.[1] The diesel-powered aircraft, redesignated Bernard 86, was entered into the 1936 Paris-Saigon-Paris air race. The race was run in September, but the Bernard was not ready by then, so it was not used. There were no further flight tests; the units were scrapped.[1]


Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 17.98 m (58 ft 11¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 27.10 m (88 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 90.00 m2 (968.75 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2823 kg (6224 lb)
  • Gross weight: 5083 kg (11206 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs inline piston engine, 641 kW (860 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 317 km/h (197 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 260 km/h (162 mph)
  • Range: 2800 km (1740 miles)


  • Single or twin 7.7mm (0.303in) dorsal machine-guns
  • 4×200kg (441b) and 2×100kg (220lb) bombs (internal)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 1985. p. 638.


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