Loire 130

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Loire 130
Dunkerque-IMG 4920.JPG
Loire 130 on a model of Dunkerque
Role reconnaissance flying boat
Manufacturer Loire
First flight November 19 1934
Introduction 1937
Retired 1951
Primary users French Navy
French Air Force
Produced 1937-1942
Number built 125

The Loire 130 was a French flying boat that saw service during WWII. It was designed and built by Loire Aviation of St Nazaire.

Development[edit]

The Loire 130 originated from a mid-1930s requirement from the French Navy for a reconnaissance seaplane or flying boat that could also serve aboard French battleships and cruisers. Chosen in 1936 against five competitors (Bréguet 610, Gourdou-Leseurre GL-820 HY, Levasseur PL.200, Potez CAMS 120), the Loire 130's performance was deemed to be good and production orders for 150 of the machines were placed. It entered production in 1937 and replaced most shipborne seaplanes and flying boats already in service.

Operational service[edit]

In the late 1930s, Loire 130s were serving aboard most battleships and cruisers of the French Navy, as well as aboard seaplane tender Commandant Teste. Although appearing quite obsolete and having very marginal performance for their time, quite a few Loire 130s survived the war and remained in post-war French service, especially in French colonies until 1951.

Variants[edit]

Loire 130 M
Production version.
Loire 130 Cl
Colonial variant with enlarged radiator.

Operators[edit]

 France

Specifications (Loire 130)[edit]

Data from War Planes of the Second World War: Volume Five Flying Boats [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Capacity: 4 passengers (as transport)
  • Length: 11.30 m (37 ft 0⅞ in)
  • Wingspan: 16.00 m (52 ft 5⅞ in)
  • Height: 3.85 m (12 ft 7½ in)
  • Wing area: 38.20 m² (411 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,054 kg (4,519 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 3,507 kg (7,716 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Xirs 12-cylinder vee, 537 kW (720 hp)

Performance

Armament

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green 1968, p.38.
  • Green, William (1962). War Planes of the Second World War: Volume Five Flying Boats. Macdonald:London. ISBN 0-356-01449-5.
  • Morareau, Lucien (2002). Les aéronefs de l'aviation maritime (1910-1942). ARDHAN, ISBN 2-913344-04-6.

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