Avia BH-3
1921
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Avia BH-3

The Avia company was created in 1919 by the new Czech government in what had been a sugar factory at Cakovice, on the east side of Prague. It brought together a design team led by P.Benes and M.Hajn, hence the letters BH that prefixed the company's early aircraft designations. The first of these was the BH-1 light aircraft, from which Avia went on to develop the BH-3 fighter monoplane in 1921. Fast and highly manoeuvrable, with a 185hp BMW IlIa engine that gave it a top speed of 214km/h, the Avia BH.3 was one of the most advanced warplanes of its day. Five were built with this powerplant, followed by five more fitted with a 220hp Walter W.IV, which raised the maximum speed to 225km/h. These aircraft were followed by a biplane fighter, the BH.21 of 1924, with a 300hp Skoda (licence-built Hispano) engine. About 120 were built for the Czech Army Aviation; 50 more were produced under licence by SABCA for the Belgian Air Force.


Specification 
 MODELBH.21
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 300hp Skoda in-line engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1084 kg2390 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.90 m29 ft 2 in
    Length6.87 m23 ft 6 in
    Height2.74 m9 ft 0 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed245 km/h152 mph
    Ceiling5500 m18050 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine guns

Comments
fahuang, 18.06.2011

I have a print of this aircraft signed by the artist but I am unable to decipher the name I believe the print comes from a collection of 33 published the czech airline in 1979.

, 18.06.2011

Can anyone help?

Duke Horn, 15.03.2011

Dare Mfg. makes a great free flight rubber scale of this ship that is a great flyer. Designed in the eighties by Mike Midkiff,it has a 34" w/s and would be suitable for r/c if you must.

fking, 02.07.2009

Dear Alan, I suppose, that name of the painter is Vladimir Bidlo. Usually he signed his pictures as "vbidloXX" (XX= last two digit of era.
Mr.Bidlo was specialised on airplanes pictures and he was very active and well-known at the turn of seventieth and eighties.
I hope to help you.
Best regards
Karel Fous, Praha (Prague)

alan Bray, 01.07.2009

I have a print of this aircraft signed by the artist but I am unable to decipher the name I believe the print comes from a collection of 33 published the czech airline in 1979. Can anyone help?

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