Pomilio FVL-8

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FVL-8
Pomilio Fighter-Victory-Liberty-8.jpg
Role Fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Engineering Division/Fabbrica Aeroplani Ing. O. Pomilio
Designer Otterino Pomilio
First flight February 1919[1]
Number built 7

The Pomilio FVL-8 was a biplane fighter aircraft built by Fabbrica Aeroplani Ing. O. Pomilio for Engineering Division of the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps.

Development and design[edit]

The FVL-8 was constructed of a wood framework, and covered in plywood. The wings were separated from the fuselage by struts. It was powered by a Liberty 8 engine, and armed by two machine guns. Six prototypes were constructed, the first had its first flight in February 1919. No order for production aircraft was received.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Angelucci, 1987. p. 197.[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 21 ft 8 in (6.60 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.12 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.48 m)
  • Wing area: 284 ft2 (26.38 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,726 lb (783 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,285 lb (1,036 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Liberty 8, 290 hp ( kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 133 mph (214 km/h)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Angelucci, 1987. p. 197.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books. ISBN 0-517-56588-9.