Lioré et Olivier LeO 7
|Lioré et Olivier 7|
|Role||Bomber escort biplane|
|Manufacturer||Lioré et Olivier|
|Primary users||French Air Force
Design and development
The LéO 7 was three-seat bomber escort biplane developed from the LéO 5 ground-attack biplane. Appearing in 1922 the production version (the LéO 7/2) had a wide-track landing gear and gunner's cockpits in the snub nose and amidships. The pilot was located in a cockpit just behind the wing trailing edge.
Twenty LéO 7/2s were built followed by 18 LéO 7/3s which were a navalised version with increased wingspan.
- LéO 7
- LéO 7/2
- Production version for the Armée de l'Air (French Air Force), 20 built
- LéO 7/3
- Production version for the Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation), 18 built.
Specifications (LéO 7/2)
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft
- Crew: 3 (pilot and two gunners)
- Length: 11 m (38 ft 0.75 in)
- Wingspan: 18.59 m (60 ft 11¾ in)
- Height: 3.9 m (13 ft 2.25 in)
- Wing area: 68 m2 ( ft2)
- Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 8Fb V-8 engines, 223 kW (300 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph)
- Service ceiling: 7,010 m (23,000 ft)
- 400kg (882lb) bombs
- Taylor and Alexander 1969, pp. 97-98.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). London: Orbis Publishing, 1985. p. 2320.