Designed by Alfred Renard as a replacement for the
Fairey Firefly in service with the Aviation Militaire, the
R-36 was flown for the first time on 5 November 1937. Of
all-metal construction and carrying an armament of one
engine-mounted 20mm cannon and four wing-mounted
7.7mm machine guns, the R-36 was powered
by a 910hp Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs 12-cylinder Vee-type
liquid-cooled engine. Various modifications were introduced
during the test programme - notably the relocation
of the radiator bath and the enlargement of the
rudder - and, late in 1938, the government took an
option on a batch of 40 aircraft. The loss of the prototype
on 17 January 1939 resulted in the programme
being placed in abeyance and then dropped when the
decision was taken to procure Hawker Hurricanes.
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 916)|
| Take-off weight||2470 kg||5445 lb|
| Empty weight||1770 kg||3902 lb|
| Wingspan||11.64 m||38 ft 2 in|
| Length||8.80 m||29 ft 10 in|
| Height||2.90 m||10 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||20.00 m2||215.28 sq ft|
| Max. speed||505 km/h||314 mph|
| Range||1000 km||621 miles|
The fuselage aft of the cockpit looks like fabric-over-metal, so I'm not sure how 'all-metal' it is. Lovely-looking thing, though...
Three prototypes of this fighter were built, one with an Hispano-Suiza engine (shown here), one with a Gnome-Rhone air-cooled radial engine, and one with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. None of them went into production, since the Belgians decided to order Hawker Hurricanes instead.
|Howard Littman, 04.07.2011|
Looks as though it came from the same design thinking that produced the Loire-Nieuport L.N.161.
in the programme being placed in abeyance and then dropped when the decision was taken to procure Hawker Hurricanes.
|Art Deco, 14.07.2009|
With the leading edge extension and wing/fuselage blending, more like F-16/F18. Mustang used the rad scoop to minimize wing filleting.
|John Thompson, 03.03.2007|
The general specifications and profile of this airplane seem to be similar to the later North American NA-73 (A-36/P-51)design. Could there be a relationship?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?