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CAMS 38.jpg
Role Single-seat racing flying-boat
National origin France
Manufacturer CAMS
Designer Rafaele Conflenti
Number built 1

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 The CAMS 38 was withdrawn from the race during the second lap.[1]

Design and development[edit]

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.[1] The engine drove a two-bladed pusher propeller.[1] The single-seat cockpit was located forward of the wing leading edge towards the front of the hull.[1]

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.[1] During the following year the aircraft was used for flight trials but was soon scrapped.[1]


Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • 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)


See also[edit]

Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Orbis 1985, p. 2296


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.