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The Bréguet Bre-17 (full title, also called Br-17 or Bréguet 17) was a two-seat biplane fighter developed in France towards the end of World War I and operated by that country during the 1920s.
The Bréguet 17 was a derivative of the highly successful 14 bomber, but somewhat scaled down and carrying a more powerful engine and heavier machine gun armament in place of a bomb load.
The French Army was impressed enough to place orders for 1,000 of these aircraft during 1918, to be delivered the following year.
The end of World War I ended these plans, but some limited production did take place into the early 1920s.
The type was operated as the Bre.17C.2 with several escadrilles as a supplement to existing aircraft, but never formed the basis for any one unit on its own.
A single example was converted into a prototype night fighter, but no production ensued.
Main production version.
Night fighter prototype.
8.10 m (26 ft 7 in)
14.28 m (46 ft 10 in)
3.42 m (11 ft 3 in)
(466 sq ft)
1,840 kg (4,056 lb)
1 × Renault 12K1,
336 kW (450 hp)
218 km/h (135 mph, 117 kn)
7,500 m (24,610 ft)
Rate of climb
5.8 m/s (1,140 ft/min)
2 × fixed, forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Vickers machine guns
2 × trainable, rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Lewis Guns in ring mount in rear cockpit
1 × trainable, downward firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Lewis gun through trap door in rear cockpit.
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