Avia BH-17

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BH-17
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1924
Primary user Czechoslovakian Air Force
Number built 24

The Avia BH-17 was a biplane fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1924. It was a development of the BH-6 and BH-8, and work on the latter aircraft was cut short in favour of this one. Operational trials in 1924 revealed performance good enough for the Czech Air Force to place an order for 24 examples. In actual service, however, the BH-17 proved unreliable and was soon withdrawn.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • 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 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 762 kg (1,680 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,155 kg (2,546 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 230 kW (310 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 235 km/h (146 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (310 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.9 m/s (1,170 ft/min)

Armament

See also[edit]

Related development

BH-6 - BH-8

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 86. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 86. 
  • Němeček, V. (1968). Československá letadla. Praha: Naše Vojsko.