Gourdou-Leseurre GL-832 HY

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GL-832 HY
Gourdou-Leseurre GL-832.jpg
Role Shipboard reconnaissance floatplane
Manufacturer Gourdou-Leseurre
First flight 1931
Introduction 1934
Retired 1941
Primary user French Navy
Produced 1934-1936
Number built 22

The Gourdou-Leseurre GL-832 HY was a 1930s French light shipboard reconnaissance floatplane design and built by Gourdou-Leseurre for the French Navy.


In 1930 the French Navy issued a requirement for a light coastal patrol seaplane mainly for use in the French colonies. Gourdou-Leseurre built and designed a prototype GL-831 HY which was a modification of the companies earlier GL-830 HY with a smaller Hispano-Suiza radial engine. The GL-831 HY first flew on 23 December 1931. In 1933 the French Navy ordered 22 aircraft designated GL-832 HY, this had a less powerful engine than the prototype. The GL-832 HY was a metal construction low-wing monoplane with fabric covered wings and twin floats. The aircraft had a large wing to take the stresses of a catapult launch, the wings also folded to allow stowage on board a ship. Unusually the braced-horizontal tailplane was attached to the underside of the rear fuselage. Two open cockpits in tandem were provided for the two crew, each cockpit having a windscreen. The first production aircraft flew on 17 December 1934 and the last on 12 February 1936.

Operational history[edit]

The French Navy used the GL-832 HY on second-line cruisers like the Emile Bertin and Primauguet and on smaller colonial sloops. The smaller sloops did not have a catapult and the aircraft were lowered into the sea using a crane. The aircraft were still operational at the start of the Second World War and were not retired until 1941.


GL-830 HY
Prototype with one 350hp (261 kW) Hispano-Suiza 9Qdr radial engine, one built.
GL-831 HY
Prototype with one 250 hp (186 kW) Hispano-Suiza 9Qa radial engine, one built.
GL-832 HY
Production version with one 230 hp (171 kW) Hispano-Suiza 9Qb radial engine, 22 built.



Specifications (GL-832 HY)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1994

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 8.74 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 13 m (42 ft 7¾ in)
  • Height: 3.48 m (11 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 29.50 m2 (317.55 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1108 kg (2443 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1696 kg (3739 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 9Qb 9-cylinder radial piston engine, 172 kW (230 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 196 km/h (122 mph)
  • Range: 590 km (367 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5000 m (16,405 ft)


  • 1 7.7mm (0.303 in) Vickers machine-gun on a flexible-mounting

See also[edit]

Related lists


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1994