Bernard SIMB AB 16

The Bernard SIMB AB 16 was a three engine, five seat utility aircraft designed and built in 1927 for general purpose military work in the French colonies. The Colonial category, which led for example to the Bernard 160, was not properly defined until 1930 and the Bernard 16 was not ordered into production. It was the last Bernard aircraft built by the Société Industrielle des Métaux et du Bois (SIMB); later designs were produced by the Société des Avions Bernard.[1]

AB 16
Role 5 seat Colonial utility aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Société Industrielle des Métaux et du Bois (SIMB), sometimes referred to as Ferbois
First flight 1927
Number built 1


Data from Les Avions Bernard[1]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 5
  • Length: 16.50 m (54 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 21.50 m (70 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 4.00 m (13 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 65 m2 (700 sq ft)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Salmson 9Abd 9-cylinder radial, 220 kW (300 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)


  1. Liron, J.L. (1990). Les avions Bernard. Paris: Éditions Larivère. pp. 213, 225.
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