Arsenal VB 10

 

1st Flight 1945

The Arsenal VB 10 was a French fighter-interceptor aircraft developed during and shortly after World War II.

It was a low-wing monoplane with retractable tailwheel undercarriage and of largely orthodox configuration.

The ultimate product of a design that began with the Arsenal VG 10 prior to the war, the VB 10 added a second engine behind the cockpit which drove a second propeller, coaxial with and contra-rotating to the propeller driven by the engine in the nose.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 12.98 m (42 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 15.49 m (50 ft 10 in)

Height: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)

Wing area: 35.5 m2 (382 sq ft)

Empty weight: 6,230 kg (13,735 lb)

Gross weight: 9,523 kg (20,995 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Zars-15 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 860 kW (1,150 hp)

Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Zars-16 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 860 kW (1,150 hp)

Propellers: 6-bladed co-axial contra-rotating constant speed propeller (3 blades each)

Performance

Maximum speed: 700 km/h (430 mph, 380 kn) at 7,500 m (24,600 ft)

Range: 1,700 km (1,100 mi, 920 nmi)

Ferry range: 2,600 km (1,600 mi, 1,400 nmi)

Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,000 ft)

Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,010 ft/min)

Armament

Guns: 4x Hispano Suiza HS.404 cannon (second prototype + 6x 0.5in machine-guns)

Rockets: 4x rockets under the outer wings

Bombs: 2x 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombs on wing pylons.

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