Aero A.12

 The Aero A.12 was a Czechoslovakian biplane light bomber and military reconnaissance aircraft manufactured in small numbers shortly after World War I.

Although reminiscent of the Hansa-Brandenburg-designed aircraft that Aero were building during the war under license as the Ae.10.

The A.12 was the company’s own design.

It is perhaps most significant as the direct descendant of the highly successful A.11 and its various derivatives.

An example of the type is preserved at the Letecké Muzeum in Kbely in the Czech Republic.

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)

Wingspan

12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)

Height

3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)

Wing area

36.9 m2 (397 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,080 kg (2,381 lb)

Gross weight

1,537 kg (3,389 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Maybach Mb.IV 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine, 180 kW (240 hp)

Propellers

2-bladed fixed pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

201 km/h (125 mph, 109 kn)

Range

760 km (470 mi, 410 nmi)

Service ceiling

7,500 m (24,600 ft)

Rate of climb

3.47 m/s (683 ft/min)

Wing loading

42 kg/m2 (8.6 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass

0.120 kW/kg (0.073 hp/lb)

 

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