Dewoitine D.513

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Dewoitine D.513
Role Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Dewoitine
First flight 6 January 1936
Status Retired
Primary user French Air Force
Number built 2

The Dewoitine D.513 was a 1930s prototype French monoplane fighter designed and built by Dewoitine.

Development[edit]

The D.513 was a single-seat low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter that first flew on 6 January 1936.[1] The D.513 was powered by an 860 hp (641 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs1 inline piston engine and had a retractable tailwheel landing gear.[1] Testing proved that the D.513 was unstable and not able to reach the expected speeds and it was rebuilt with a new fuselage and a modified tail unit.[1] The changes did not improve the stability or the maximum speed and problems were also found in the engine cooling and landing gear, and further development was halted.[1] The second prototype was modified with landing gear and a radiator from the D.503. It was redesignated the D.514LP and was used in high-speed parachute trials.[1]

Variants[edit]

D.513
Prototype with an 860 hp (641kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs1 inline piston engine.[1]
D.514
Originally intended as the second D.513, it was modified for trials including the fitting of a Hispano-Suiza 12Ydrs2 engine.[1]

Operators[edit]

 France

Specifications (D.513 revised)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 7.45 m (24 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.05 m (39 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 18.32 m2 (197.2 sq ft)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,446 kg (5,393 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs1 inline piston engine, 640 kW (860 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 445 km/h (277 mph; 240 kn) at 5100m (16730 ft)
  • Climb to 2000m (6560ft) in 2 minutes 35 seconds.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Orbis 1985, p. 1440
Bibliography
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.