Bernard H.V.220

The Bernard H.V.220 was a 1930s French racing seaplane and the last attempt by Bernard compete in the Schneider Trophy race. Delays caused by engine problems meant the aircraft was abandoned and never flown.

H.V.220 3-view drawing
Role Racing seaplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Société des Avions Bernard
Status Not flown
Number built 1

Design and development

The H.V.220 was an all-metal single-seat cantilever monoplane with twin floats and powered by a 2,200 hp (1,641 kW) Lorraine 12Rcr Radium inline piston engine. The aircraft was completed but problems with the Radium engine were never sorted and the aircraft was not flown ending French hopes of a Schneider Trophy win. An improved variant powered by a Radium engine was planned as the H.V.320 but never built.

Specifications (H.V.220)

Data from Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 9.46 m (31 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 3.96 m (13 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 13.86 m2 (149.2 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,790 kg (3,946 lb) estimated
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,500 kg (5,512 lb) estimated
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine 12Rcr Radium V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,600 kW (2,200 hp)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 640 km/h (400 mph, 350 kn) estimated


  1. Orbis 1985, p.654


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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