Blériot 195

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Blériot 195
Role Long-range mail plane
National origin France
Manufacturer Blériot Aéronautique
First flight 9 March 1929
Number built 1

The Blériot 195 was a French monoplane mail-carrier designed and built by Blériot Aéronautique, the one aircraft built was modified a number of times but failed to enter production.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Blériot 195 was a large low-wing cantilever monoplane designed for use on mail flights across the North Atlantic.[1] It was powered by four 100 hp (75 kW) Hispano-Suiza 6Mb inline piston engines, which were mounted in tandem pairs above the wing on a complex of struts.[1] Designated the 195/2 landplane, it first flew on 9 March 1929. By the end of 1929, it had been re-designated the 195/3 and test flown with twin floats.[1] It was re-designated again as the 195/4 in early 1930, when it was fitted with 230 hp (172 kW) Gnome-Rhone Titan engines.[1] It was put forward to meet a requirement for a seaplane to operate a mail service between Marseilles and Algiers, but in the end none of the designs submitted were accepted and the 195 was placed into storage.[1]

In April 1931 it was brought out of storage and modified to be a landplane and designated the 195/6; it was then tested by Air Union as a cargo aircraft.[1] It did not gain a certificate of airworthiness as a cargo carrier and was withdrawn from use.[1]

Variants[edit]

195/2
Mail-carrier landplane with four 250hp Hispano-Suiza 6Mb piston engines.[1]
195/3
The 195/2 modified as a seaplane.[1]
195/4
The 195/3 re-engined with four 230hp Gnome-Rhône 5Kd Titan engines.[1]
195/6
195/4 modified to a landplane.[1]

Specifications (195/2)[edit]

Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Length: 14.70 m (48 ft 2¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 23.20 m (76 ft 1¼ in)
  • Height: 4.10 m (13 ft 5½ in)
  • Wing area: 90.00 m2 (968.78 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 3850 kg (8488 lb)
  • Gross weight: 5750 kg (12677 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Hispano-Suiza 6Mb inline piston engine, 186 kW (150 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 4000 m (13125 ft)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Orbis 1985, p. 714
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