Bernard H.V.42

The Bernard H.V.42 was a racing seaplane designed by Société des Avions Bernard for the French government for use of the French Schneider Trophy team.[1]

Bernard H.V.42
Role Single-seat racing seaplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Société des Avions Bernard
First flight 10 March 1931
Number built 3

Design and development

Three H.V.42s were ordered by the French government for use as trainers for the French Schneider Trophy team at Lake Berre.[1] Similar to the earlier H.V.41 they were streamlined single-seat cantilever monoplanes with twin floats.[1] The first H.V.42 flew in March 1931 and was soon joined by the other two.[1] Marked as "1" "2" and "3" they were used during the summer of 1931 to train the French team for the 1931 race.[1]


Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.99 m (26 ft 2½ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.20 m (30 ft 2¼ in)
  • Height: 3.60 m (11 ft 9¾ in)
  • Wing area: 12.00 m2 (129.17 ft2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Nsr Special inline piston engine, 746 kW (1000 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 450 km/h (280 (estimated) mph)


See also

Related development

Related lists


  1. Orbis 1985, p. 653
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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