Blériot 118

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Blériot 118
Role Two-seat amphibian flying-boat fighter
National origin France
Manufacturer Blériot
Designer Léon Kirste
First flight 23 January 1925
Number built 1

The Blériot 118 was a 1920s French amphibian flying-boat fighter designed by Léon Kirste, only one was built and it was not ordered into production.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The 118 was developed by Kirste from his earlier Blériot 101 project to meet a French naval requirement for a two-seat fighter.[1] The 118 was an amphibian flying-boat powered by two Hispano-Suiza 8Ab piston engines.[1] First flown on 23 January 1925 it was tested by the Navy in competition with other designs but was rejected for being unstable in flight.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1] The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.81 m (28 ft 10¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 12.90 m (42 ft 3¾ in)
  • Height: 2.80 m (9 ft 2¼ in)
  • Gross weight: 1740 kg (3836 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ab inline piston engine, 134 kW (180 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)

Armament

  • Proposed - two fixed forward firing 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-guns
  • Proposed - two ring-mounted 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-guns on rear-cockpit

See also[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Orbis 1985, p. 713

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