Aero A.300

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A.300
Aero A-300.jpg
Aero A.300 in 1938
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
First flight 1938
Primary user Czechoslovak Air Force
Developed from Aero A.304

The Aero A.300 was a Czechoslovak bomber aircraft that first flew in 1938 as a much refined development of the A.304 (despite what the numbering would suggest).

Designed as a replacement for the obsolete, locally-built Bloch MB.200 bombers Czechoslovak Air Force, the Aero A-304 transport/bomber formed the basis for its design. The new aircraft mounted Bristol Mercury IX radial engines rated at 610kW/820 hp and carried three machine guns for defense. The A-300 was faster than any other Czechoslovakian aircraft in the inventory except for the Avia B-35 fighter. Despite showing much promise, development and production of the aircraft was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.

Aero A.300.1, prototype, Summer 1938

Operators[edit]

 Czechoslovakia
 Slovakia

Specifications (A.300)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.2 m (63 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 45.4 m2 (489 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 3,955 kg (8,719 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,347 kg (9,583 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Mercury IX 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 610 kW (820 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 456 km/h (283 mph; 246 kn)
  • Range: 2,200 km (1,367 mi; 1,188 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 9,400 m (30,800 ft)

Armament

  • Guns:
  • 1 × fixed forward-firing 7.92 mm vz.30 (Česká zbrojovka Strakonice) machine gun
  • 1 × 7.92 mm vz.30 machine gun in dorsal turret
  • 1 × 7.92 mm vz.30 machine gun in rearward-firing ventral position
  • Bombs: Up to 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) of bombs

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]