Aero A.30

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A.30
Aero A-30 (1926).gif
Role Light reconnaissance bomber
National origin Czechoslovakia
Manufacturer Aero
Number built 79 (+116 A.32)
Developed from Aero A.11
Variants *Aero A.100
Developed into Aero A.100

The Aero A.30 was a biplane light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in the late 1920s. It originated as an attempt to improve the performance of the Aero A.11, but soon evolved into quite a different aircraft, larger and more powerful than its predecessor. The aircraft is readily distinguished from other related types by the difference in spans between its wings - the upper set being of much greater span than the lower.

Prototypes of the A.30 were retrospectively designated A.130, with the A.230 the main production version. The A.330 and A.430 featured different, more powerful engines, but the latter of these did not enter production, serving instead as the prototype for the Aero A.100.

Variants[edit]

A.30
Prototype of a light bomber reconnaissance aircraft, powered by a 372.8 kW (500 hp) Skoda L radial engine.
A.32
Also derived from the A.11, the A.32 was a light reconnaissance bomber powered by a 335.6 kW (450 hp) Walter Jupiter; 116 aircraft built in several versions. Finnish Air Force examples were powered by 372.8 kW (500 hp) Isotta-Fraschini Asso 500 V-12 engines
A.130
Re-engined with a 372.8 kW (500 hp) Bristol Jupiter VI.
A.230
The main production variant; a two-seat bomber powered by a W-12 Lorraine 12Eb Courlis engine.
A.330
Re-engined with a 484.7 kW (650 hp) Praga ESV
A.430
Powered by a Avia Vr-36, the A,430 served as the prototype of the Aero A.100
A.100

Operators[edit]

 Czechoslovakia
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Specifications (A.230)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot & observer)
  • Length: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.3 m (50 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 46.2 m2 (497 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,420 kg (3,131 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,375 kg (5,236 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine 12E Courlis W-12 water-cooled piston engine, 340 kW (450 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 198 km/h (123 mph; 107 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 5,800 m (19,029 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.083 m/s (606.9 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 51 kg/m2 (10 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.14 kW/kg (0.09 hp/lb)

Armament

See also[edit]

Related development

A.11 - A.100

Related lists

List of military aircraft of Germany - List of World War II military aircraft of Germany