Avia BH-17

1st Flight 1924
The Avia BH-17 was a biplane fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1924.
Avia BH-17
It was a development of the BH-6 and BH-8, and work on the latter aircraft was cut short in favor of this one.
Operational trials in 1924 revealed performance good enough for the Czech Air Force to place an order for 24 examples.
Avia BH-17
In actual service, however, the BH-17 proved unreliable and was soon withdrawn.
Avia BH-17
Specifications-
Crew: one pilot
Length: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 8.86 m (30 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 21.3 m2 (229 sq ft)
Empty weight: 762 kg (1,680 lb)
Gross weight: 1,155 kg (2,546 lb)
Power plant: 1 × Skoda-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8 , 230 kW (310 hp)
Avia BH-17
Performance
Maximum speed: 235 km/h (146 mph, 127 kn)
Range: 500 km (310 mi, 270 nmi)
Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 5.9 m/s (1,170 ft/min)
Armament
2 × fixed, forward-firing .303 Vickers machine guns
Avia BH-17
Credits-
AVIA, The Aviation Collection-Antonín Vlasák II
The Complete Book of Fighters-William Green & Gordon Swanborough
Wikipedia.

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