Breda A.8

The Breda A.8 was a prototype twin-engined biplane, designed by Società Italiana Ernesto Breda, as a night bomber in 1927.

A.8
Role Night bomber
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Società Italiana Ernesto Breda
First flight 1927
Number built 1
Developed from Breda A.3

Design & development

The A.8, designed as an improvement to the Breda A.3, was modified to rectify problems experienced with the A.3. When the aircraft was tested using two 330 kW (440 hp) Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db engines, the results were quite modest. In response, the designers changed to 370 kW (500 hp) Isotta Fraschini Asso 500 engines, but the performance was still disappointing and the design was abandoned.

Specifications

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: four
  • Capacity: 1,800 kg (4,000 lb) disposable load
  • Length: 16.7 m (54 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 143 m2 (1,540 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 3,800 kg (8,378 lb)
  • Gross weight: 5,600 kg (12,346 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db V-12 water-cooled piston engines, 330 kW (440 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (109 mph, 94 kn)
  • Endurance: 6h
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,500 ft)
  • Wing loading: 39 kg/m2 (8.0 lb/sq ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 3x 7.7 mm (0.30 in) Lewis machine-guns in nose, dorsal and ventral positions
  • Bombs: 800 kg (1,800 lb) of bombs

References

  1. Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. p. 157c.

Further reading

  • da Badia Polesine, Jotti (1930). Annuario dell'Aeronautica Italiana 1929-1930 (in Italian). Milan: Libreria Aeronautica.
  • Robinson, Anthony (1979). The illustrated encyclopedia of aviation, Volume 4. Cavendish. p. 405. ISBN 978-0-85685-577-1.
  • All the world's aircraft. S. Low, Marston & company, ltd. 1927.
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