Avimeta 88
1926
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Avimeta 88

Designed by Capt Georges Lepere, who, while on loan to the US government, had been primarily responsible for the Packard-Lepere LUSAC-11 and -21 two-seat fighters, the Avimeta 88 two-seat parasol monoplane fighter was built by the aviation department of the Schneider-Creusot industrial group, and appeared in 1926. Constructed entirely of a metal alloy known as alferium, the Avimeta 88 had corrugated alferium skinning and was powered by a 500hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm MAC (Vickers) machine guns and two Lewis guns on a flexible mounting in the rear cockpit. Only one prototype of the Avimeta 88 was built, development being abandoned when the official requirement for a new two-seat fighter and reconnaissance aircraft was discarded.

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Avimeta 88A three-view drawing (1280 x 722)


Specification 
 MODELAvimeta 88
 CREW2
 ENGINE1 x 500hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2400 kg5291 lb
    Empty weight1550 kg3417 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan17.00 m56 ft 9 in
    Length9.76 m32 ft 0 in
    Height3.00 m10 ft 10 in
    Wing area40.00 m2430.56 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed240 km/h149 mph
    Cruise speed206 km/h128 mph
    Ceiling7500 m24600 ft
 ARMAMENT4 x 7.7mm

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