Avia BH-7

1st Flight 1923
The Avia BH-7 was a prototype fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1923.
Avia BH-7
It was a parasol-wing monoplane developed in tandem with, and as an alternative to the BH-6, which shared its fuselage and tail design.
Like the BH-6, the BH-7 was involved in a number of serious crashes during its test programme, which led to its abandonment as a fighter.
Avia BH-7
Undaunted, however, Avia used the design as the basis for a racing aircraft, shortening the wingspan by 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in), fairing the wing directly onto the top of the fuselage and dispensing with the cabane struts.
This revised version was designated BH-7B and the fighter (retrospectively) as the BH-7A.
Avia BH-7
Crew: one pilot
Length: 6.84 m (22 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
Height: 2.83 m (9 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 18.2 m2 (195 sq ft)
Empty weight: 855 kg (1,885 lb)
Gross weight: 1,150 kg (2,537 lb)
Avia BH-7
Power plant: 1 × Skoda licence-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb V-8 , 310 kW (231 hp)
Performance
Maximum speed: 240 km/h (149 mph, 129 kn)
Range: 480 km (300 mi, 260 nmi)
Avia BH-7
Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,200 ft)
Rate of climb: 6.7 m/s (1,312 ft/min)
Armament
2 × fixed, forward-firing .303 Vickers machine guns
Avia BH-7
Credits-
AVIA, The Aviation Collection-Antonín Vlasák II
The Complete Book of Fighters-William Green & Gordon Swanborough
Wikipedia.

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