Aero A.101

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Aero A.101
Aero A-101.jpg
Role Light bomber
Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
Produced 1930s
Number built 50

The Aero A.101 was a biplane light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft built in Czechoslovakia during the 1930s.

Design and development[edit]

It was an attempt to improve the Aero A.100 by enlarging it and fitting it with a more powerful engine. However, even with 33% more power, performance was actually inferior, and the Czechoslovak Air Force was not interested in the type. Production did result, however, when 50 were ordered by Spanish Republican forces for use in the Spanish Civil War. Some of these aircraft were captured by Nationalists while en route and used against their original buyers.[1]

Local demand eventually was forthcoming, and a re-engined version was produced as the Ab.101.

Operators[edit]

 Czechoslovakia
 Slovakia
 Spain
 Spain

Specifications (A.101)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.09 m (39 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.99 m (55 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 3.73 m (12 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 58.7 m² (631 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,578 kg (5,671 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 4,345 kg (9,559 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Praga-built Isotta-Fraschini, 738 kW (990 hp)

Performance

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 2× forward-firing 7.92 mm (0.312 in) vz.30 (Česká zbrojovka Strakonice) machine guns
    • 2× 7.92 mm vz.30 (Česká zbrojovka Strakonice) in ring mount for observer
  • Bombs: 500 kg (1,100 lb)

See also[edit]

Related development
Related lists

References[edit]

  • Green, William (1967). War Planes of the Second World War: Volume Seven - Bombers and Reconnaissance Aircraft. London: Macdonald. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Aero A.101 at Wikimedia Commons