Renard R-38
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Renard R-38

Developed in parallel with the R-37, the R-38 was essentially similar to the R-36 apart from having a 1030hp Rolls-Royce Merlin II engine. It was originally proposed with wings of two different sizes, but the sole prototype retained a similar wing to that of the R-36 and R-37. Armament comprised four wing-mounted 7.7mm or 13.2mm machine guns. The R-38 flew for the first time on 4 August 1939, and gave excellent results during its test programme, which was still in process when German forces occupied Belgium. The sole prototype was flown to Bordeaux when the final collapse of Belgian resistance became inevitable, but was scrapped after capture in France by German forces.

Renard R-38

    Take-off weight2600 kg5732 lb
    Empty weight1950 kg4299 lb
    Wingspan11.64 m38 ft 2 in
    Length8.80 m29 ft 10 in
    Height2.90 m10 ft 6 in
    Wing area20.00 m2215.28 sq ft
    Max. speed545 km/h339 mph
    Range1350 km839 miles

Klaatu83, 05.08.2015

Three prototypes of this fighter were built, one with an Hispano-Suiza engine, one with a Gnome-Rhone air-cooled radial engine, and one with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine (shown here). None of them went into production, since the Belgians decided to order Hawker Hurricanes instead. Even if this fighter had been chosen for production, it seems doubtful that either the French or the British would have been able to spare enough engines for export to Belgium to complete them. After WW-II began in 1939 these aircraft engines were in great demand in both countries.

Géonet Michel, 19.11.2013

Paul Burniat, Chief-Pilot at the SABCA (constructor), flew the plane during the tests. The first flight was the 4th of augustus 1938 at Evere.
Paul Burniat said : "The flight capabilities and performance of this plane place it between the Hurricane and the Spitfire».

As the R-36, the R-38 was very easy to construct and the cost of the plane (without motor) was only half of the Spitfire

Immatriculé OO-ATK le 22 juin 1939 sous le numéro 473, il fut présenté aux autorités belges le 18 juillet.

Raf2889, 05.11.2013

beautiful aircraft shame it got scrapped.

guba, 18.06.2011

Belgian resistance became inevitable, but was scrapped after capture in France by German forces.

, 18.06.2011

Renard R-38

rafa, 31.10.2008

that's the most beautifuls fighter that i saw

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