Bernard 82

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Bernard 82
Bernard 82-B.jpg
Bernard 82-B.3 (ca 1934)
Role Long-range bomber
National origin France
Manufacturer Société des Avions Bernard
First flight 11 December 1933
Number built 2

The Bernard 82 was a French single-engined long-range monoplane bomber designed and built by Société des Avions Bernard.[1] Only two prototypes were built and the type did not enter production.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Bernard 82 was developed from the long-range Bernard 80 GR which had been built to make attempts on some long-distance aircraft records.[1] The all-metal Bernard 82 was three-seat long-range bomber, known at the time as a bombardier de represaillies or reprisal bomber.[1] The cantilever mid-wing monoplane powered by a 860 hp (641 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs inline piston engine.[1] The first prototype flew from Le Bourget on 11 December 1933 and in March 1932 was joined by a second aircraft.[1] During test flying the twin lateral radiators had to be replaced by frontal radiators but the biggest problem was the landing gear.[1] The retractable landing gear regularly failed with the resultant wheels up landing, the problem was never resolved and testing was stopped in the middle of 1935.[1] The production contract for ten aircraft was cancelled.[1]

In August 1936 the second prototype was re-engined with a 650 hp (485 kW) CLM Lille 6AS, a licence built Junkers Jumo diesel engine.[1] The diesel powered aircraft, redesignated Bernard 86, was entered into the Paris-Saigon air race which was run in September 1936 but was not ready in time and was scrapped.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 17.98 m (58 ft 11¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 27.10 m (88 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 90.00 m2 (968.78 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2823 kg (6224 lb)
  • Gross weight: 5083 kg (11206 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs inline piston engine, 641 kW (860 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 317 km/h (197 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 260 km/h (162 mph)
  • Range: 2800 km (1740 miles)

Armament

  • Single or twin 7.7mm (0.303in) dorsal machine-guns
  • 4×200kg (441b) and 2×100kg (220lb) bombs (internal)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orbis 1985, p. 638

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