Pavel Beneš

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Pavel Beneš (1894-1956)[1] was a chief designer at ČKD-Praga, one of the largest engineering companies in the former Czechoslovakia and today's Czech Republic.[2]

Beneš was first a founder and chief designer at Avia, along with Miroslav Hajn, in 1919. The two began repairing planes in a workshop within the complex of an old sugar factory in Prague.[3] One year later, they designed their first two-seater plane, the Avia BH-1. From 1923 to 1925, the two developed the BH-7, BH-9, and BH-11 monoplanes, launching the era of biplane fighters. The BH-11 won the Coppa d' Italia prize. Three years later, their BH-21 fighter was considered one of the world's best planes.[4]

In 1930, Beneš and Hajn came to ČKD-Praga. The first aircraft they designed was the Praga E-39 in 1931.[2]


  1. ^ "Pavel Beneš: konstruktér a zakladatel firmy Avia Více". (in Czech). 28 February 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Praga E-39 Czechoslovakia - Luftwaffe" (in German). Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ "AVIA: History". AVIA. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Aerospace Industry in the Czech Republic" (PDF). CzechInvest. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-01-31.