Wibault 360

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Wibault 360
Role Airliner
National origin France
Manufacturer Wibault
First flight 1931

The Wibault 360 was a 1930s French five-passenger airliner designed and built by the Wibault company.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Wibault 360 was a low-wing monoplane powered by a 230 hp (172 kW) Salmson 9Ab radial engine and equipped with conventional landing gear.[1] The design was based on the earlier three-engined Wibault 283 but the 360 was smaller and had an enclosed cabin for a pilot and five passengers.[1] The prototype, designated the 360T5, first flew in August 1931.[1] A number of variants were built with different engines, the last of the series was the Wib.366 designed to compete in the 1934 London to Melbourne air race.[1]

Variants[edit]

360T5
Prototype with a 230 hp (172 kW) Salmson 9Ab radial engine, one built.[1]
362
Variant powered by a 300 hp (224 kW) Gnome-Rhône 7Kb engine, two built in 1933.[1]
365
Six-seat variant powered by a 500 hp (373 kW) Gnome-Rhône 9Kbrs radial engine, one built in 1933.[1]
366
Variant for the MacRobertson Air Race powered by a 500 hp (373 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine, it had a cruising speed of 250 km/h (155 mph),[1] it did not take part in the race.
367
The Wibault 365 modified with a retractable landing gear.[1]

Specifications (360 T.5)[edit]

Data from Air Transport: The Wibault Penhoet 360 T.5 Monoplane[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 11.18 m (36 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.97 m (55 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 2.94 m (9 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 31.8 m2 (342 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,272 kg (2,804 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Salmson radial engine, 170 kW (230 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 203 km/h (126 mph; 110 kn) at sea level
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Orbis 1985, p. 3097
  2. ^ Flight 26 February 1932.
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