Bleriot 165
1926
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Bleriot 165

Intended as a replacement for the Farman 'Goliath' airliners then in service, the Bleriot 165 was an equal-span two-bay biplane with a rectangular fuselage and large single fin and rudder. The wide-spaced independent main legs of the landing gear each had twin-wheeled assemblies, and power was provided by two Gnome-Rhone Jupiter engines, strut-mounted between the wings. Pilot and co-pilot were seated side by side in an open cockpit in the forward fuselage, and the cabin accommodated 16 passengers.

Bleriot 165 No.1 flew for the first time on 27 October 1926. A second aircraft was powered by Renault engines and equipped for night flying. Designated Bleriot 175, it was re-engined with Jupiters and became the second Bleriot 165. Both examples flew on the Air-Union 'Golden Ray' service between Paris and London, alongside the larger number of Liore-et-Olivier 21s which had been built. No further Bleriot 165s were built, as the Liore-et-Olivier design was considered to be superior. Plans to build a military variant as the Bleriot 123 three-seat bomber and a second Bleriot 175 (intended for a long distance flight to Tokyo, piloted by Paul Codos) were abandoned.


Specification 
 MODELBleriot 165
 ENGINE2 x Gnome-Rhone 9Ab Jupiter radial piston engines, 313kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight5600 kg12346 lb
    Loaded weight2919 kg6435 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan23 m75 ft 6 in
    Length14.85 m49 ft 9 in
    Height4.85 m16 ft 11 in
    Wing area119.1 m21281.98 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed185 km/h115 mph
    Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
    Range525 km326 miles

Comments
Patrick Romero, 21.03.2010

It is a nice-looking plane for its time. I just wish I could see the schematics, though I could eventually recreate them the resemble the actual design if I had to.

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