Blériot 125

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125
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Blériot
Designer Leon Kirste
First flight 9 March 1931
Status scrapped
Number built 1
Bleriot 125.svg

The Blériot 125 (or Bl-125) was a highly unusual French airliner of the early 1930s. Displayed at the 1930 Salon de l'Aéronautique in Paris, it featured accommodation for twelve passengers in two separate fuselage pods. Between them, these pods shared a tailplane and a high wing. The centre section of wing joined the fuselage pods and also carried a nacelle that contained an engine at either end and the crew compartment in the middle. When flown the following year, it displayed very poor flight characteristics and although attempts to improve it continued on into 1933, certification could not be achieved and the sole prototype was scrapped the following year.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two pilots and one navigator
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 13.83 m (45 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 29.4 m (96 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 4.0 m (13 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 100.0 m2 (1,076 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 4,440 kg (9,789 lb)
  • Gross weight: 7,260 kg (16,006 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 12Hbr, 410 kW (550 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (137 mph)
  • Range: 1,000 km (621 miles)

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 162. 

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