|Role||Single-seat racing flying-boat|
The CAMS 38 was a French single-seat racing flying-boat designed by Rafaele Conflenti and built by Chantiers Aéro-Maritimes de la Seine (CAMS) for the 1923 Schneider Trophy race. The CAMS 38 was withdrawn from the race during the second lap.
Design and development
The CAMS 38 was a single-seat equal-span biplane with a 380 hp (283 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Fd Spécial inline piston engine faired into the underside of the upper wing. The engine drove a two-bladed pusher propeller. The single-seat cockpit was located forward of the wing leading edge towards the front of the hull.
The CAMS 38 was flown in the 1923 Schneider Trophy race by the company's chief test pilot Maurice Hurel. It was damaged by a wave before takeoff but completed the first lap. During the second lap Murel was forced to land with a vibrating engine and loss of power. During the following year the aircraft was used for flight trials but was soon scrapped.
- Crew: one
- Length: 8.32 m (27 ft 3½ in)
- Wingspan: 8.60 m (28 ft 2½ in)
- Height: 2.79 m (9 ft 1¾ in)
- Wing area: 202.37 m2 (18.80 ft2)
- Empty weight: 940 kg (2072 lb)
- Gross weight: 1256 kg (2769 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Fd Spécial V-12 inline piston engine, 283 kW (380 hp)
- Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
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- Orbis 1985, p. 2296
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.