Levasseur PL.14

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PL.14
Role Seaplane torpedo bomber
National origin France
Manufacturer Levasseur
First flight 1929
Primary user Aéronavale
Number built 30

The Levasseur PL.14 was a torpedo bomber seaplane developed in France in the late 1920s.[1] It was essentially similar to Levasseur's PL.7 carrier-based reconnaissance aircraft with the addition of pontoons. The design dispensed with the small underwing floats that formed part of the safety equipment of Levasseur's carrier-based aircraft of the period, but retained the boat-like fuselage.[2] The wing was built to the 18.00-metre design originally developed for the PL.7 but ultimately rejected in favour of a shorter wing.

Thirty PL.14s were purchased to equip the seaplane base at Berre.[1] When the PL.7s were grounded in 1931, PL.14s were equipped with wheeled undercarriage and put aboard the carrier Béarn in their place. Even after the PL.7s' return to service, four wheeled PL.14s remained aboard from 1935-37.[1]


Units using this aircraft[edit]

 France

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 12.85 m (42 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.00 m (59 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 4.90 m (16 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 74.5 m2 (802 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,250 kg (9,350 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Nb, 480 kW (650 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 165 km/h (103 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 132 km/h (83 mph)
  • Range: 960 km (600 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,250 m (10,660 ft)

Armament

  • 1 × trainable, rearward-firing machine gun in rear cockpit
  • 1 × 400 mm or 450 mm torpedo

See also[edit]

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Taylor 1989, 575
  2. ^ World Aircraft Information Files, File 900 Sheet 06

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. 
  • aviafrance.com