Lioré et Olivier LeO H-43

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LeO H-43
Role Reconnaissance seaplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Lioré et Olivier
First flight 4 December 1934
Primary user Aéronavale

The Lioré et Olivier LeO H-43 was a reconnaissance seaplane produced in France in the 1930s.[1] It was a strut-braced, mid-wing monoplane of largely conventional design, provided with an observation balcony underneath the fuselage.[2] It was designed to be launched by catapult from warships and, after a first flight in 1934, trials were conducted on board Commandant Teste.

Development was prolonged and the prototype underwent much modification before an order for 20 machines was placed by the Aéronavale. Even after this, a major redesign to the forward fuselage was specified as part of the production order.[2] As a result, the first test flight of the production version did not take place until 13 July 1939, by which time the H-43 was already obsolete.[2][1]

The twenty examples purchased briefly equipped two squadrons from February 1940, but all were withdrawn with the Fall of France.

Operators[edit]

 France

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.00 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.85 m (12 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 36.0 m2 (387 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,760 kg (3,870 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,375 kg (7,425 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 9Vb, 480 kW (650 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 222 km/h (139 mph)
  • Range: 850 km (530 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6,200 m (20,300 ft)

Armament

  • 2 × machine guns

See also[edit]

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor 1989, 580
  2. ^ a b c World Aircraft Information Files, File 900 Sheet 08

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing.