Designed by Charles Audenis and built by the Boncourt-
Audenis-Jacob concern at Bron, the BAJ Type IV
was a tandem two-seat fighter powered by a 300hp
Hispano-Suiza 8Fb eight-cylinder water-cooled engine and mounting an armament of one synchronised
7.7mm Vickers machine gun and a pair of 7.7mm
Lewis guns on a T.O.3 ring mounting in the rear cockpit.
Of relatively clean design, with aerofoil-section
single interplane struts and a close-cowled engine, the
Type IV was officially ordered on 1 May 1918 by the
Aviation Militaire. The first prototype was delivered to
Villacoublay for official trials late in November 1918, but
these were apparently delayed by the need for modifications
which were undertaken by the Hanriot concern
and completed on 28 January 1919. The first prototype
was returned to the Boncourt-Audenis-Jacob concern
for repairs in the summer of 1919, official trials being
continued with a second prototype. No production
order for the Type IV was placed and no specification
for this type has apparently survived.
|A three-view drawing (1645 x 1228)|
The two prototypes were destroyed in a workshop fire.
Span 36'8" Length 23'7" Height 12'7"
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