Borel-Odier Bo-T

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Bo.T
Role Torpedo-reconnaissance floatplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Antoine Odier
Design group Etablissements Borel
First flight 1916
Primary user French Navy
Number built 92

The Borel-Odier Bo-T (also known as the Borel-Odier torpedo floatplane or B.O.2) was a French twin-engined float biplane designed by Borel but built by Antoine Odier for the French Navy.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Bo-T was a biplane powered by two 164 kW (220 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Ba inline piston engines and fitted with twin floats.[1] It had room under the fuselage for a torpedo.[1] The prototype was destroyed on the first flight in August 1916 but the French Navy still placed and order for 91 aircraft.[1] Deliveries did not start until 1917 and were stopped when the Armistice was signed.[1] Only a few aircraft saw operational use on coastal patrols in the mediterranean.[1]

In 1919 a ten-passenger transport variant was flown designated Bo-C but it was destroyed during testing.[1]

Variants[edit]

Bo-T
Torpedo-reconnaissance floatplane
Bo-C
Ten-passenger transport variant of the Bo-T

Operators[edit]

 France

Specifications (Bo-T)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[1], French aircraft of the First World War[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 11.23 m (36 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 80 m2 (860 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,400 kg (5,291 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V-8 water-cooled piston engines, 160 kW (220 hp) each
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propellers

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 124 km/h (77 mph; 67 kn) at sea level
  • Range: 520 km (323 mi; 281 nmi)

Armament

  • Guns: 2x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Lewis machine guns on flexible mounts in front an rear cockpits
  • Bombs: 1 × 650 kg (1,430 lb) Torpedo

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. p. 833.
  2. ^ Davilla, Dr. James J.; Soltan, Arthur M. French aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press. pp. 77–78. ISBN 1891268090.