|PL.5 and PL.9|
|Number built||24 PL.5, plus 6 PL.9|
The Levasseur PL.5 was a carrier-based fighter produced in France in the late 1920s. It was a conventional, single-bay sesquiplane that carried a crew of two in tandem, open cockpits. Like other Levasseur naval designs of the day, it incorporated several safety features in case of ditching at sea. Apart from small floats attached directly to the undersides of the lower wing, the main units of the fixed, tailskid undercarriage could be jettisoned in flight, and the underside of the fuselage was given a boat-like shape and made watertight.
Six examples of a trainer version with a lower-powered engine were purchased as the PL.9.
- PL.9 - trainer version with Hispano-Suiza 8Se engine
- Crew: Three
- Length: 8.80 m (28 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 12.40 m (40 ft 8 in)
- Height: 3.10 m (10 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 37.0 m2 (398 ft2)
- Empty weight: 1,150 kg (2,540 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,800 kg (3,970 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine-Dietrich 12Eb, 335 kW (450 hp)
- Maximum speed: 225 km/h (141 mph)
- Range: 800 km (500 miles)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Related lists
- Taylor 1989, 574
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- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.