The Aero Ae.50 was a prototype propeller-driven military reconnaissance aircraft built in Czechoslovakia.
Designed with the artillery spotting role in mind, the Ae.50 was a high-wing monoplane of unusual design, with a fuselage that terminated abruptly immediately aft of the crew cabin, leaving the tailplane to be mounted on a single boom attached to the wing.
The tailwheel was mounted at the rear of the fuselage.
This arrangement had been intended to maximise the observer’s field of view.
Another unusual feature was that it incorporated a towing point to allow it to be towed by another, longer-range aircraft to enable it to be transported to a combat zone outside of its own range without having to stop and refuel.
First flown on 14 April 1949, it was evaluated against the Praga E-55 for a defence ministry contract.
The Ae.50 was found to have a range of flaws, including directional stability and the operation of the leading-edge slots.
These problems were overcome, but the problem of the aircraft being somewhat overweight proved insoluble, and Aero abandoned development of the aircraft.
7.1 m (23 ft 4 in)
10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
2.46 m (8 ft 1 in)
15.1 m2 (163 sq ft)
460 kg (1,014 lb)
730 kg (1,609 lb)
1 × Walter Minor 4-III inverted 4-cyl air-cooled in-line piston engine, 78 kW (105 hp)