Breguet 393T


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Breguet 393T

Development of the Breguet 393T three-engined passenger transport began with the Breguet 390T prototype, an all-metal sesquiplane which made its first flight in February 1931. During a test flight on 3 July 1931 a propeller broke away, the pilot losing his life when his parachute failed to open after he abandoned the aircraft. The Breguet 390T was completely destroyed in the ensuing crash.

A single Breguet 392T followed, replacing the Bre.390T's 179kW Gnome-Rhone 5Kd radials with 224kW Hispano-Suiza 9Qc engines, and completed as a freight carrier. Only one example appeared and it was followed later in 1933 by the prototype Breguet 393T. It differed by changes in interplane struts, by having fabric instead of metal fuselage covering, and by introducing a tailwheel and spat fairings for the mainwheel units. This aircraft was delivered to Air France in July 1934, being followed by two more examples later that year. The remaining three aircraft ordered by Air France were delivered in 1935.

The Breguet 393T had accommodation for a crew of two and 10 passengers, each passenger having a comfortable armchair beside a large window. The type flew regular routes between Toulouse and Casablanca, the Mediterranean leg of the route to South America, and later on the Natal-Buenos Aires stage in Brazil. Their final employment was on several European routes radiating from Paris.

Breguet 393T

 MODELBreguet 393T
 ENGINE3 x Gnome-Rhone 7Kd Titan Major radial, 261kW
  Take-off weight6000 kg13228 lb
  Loaded weight3966 kg8744 lb
  Wingspan20.71 m68 ft 11 in
  Length14.76 m48 ft 5 in
  Wing area66.46 m2715.37 sq ft
  Max. speed249 km/h155 mph
  Cruise speed235 km/h146 mph
  Ceiling5850 m19200 ft
  Range975 km606 miles

Fernando Vales, e-mail, 19.02.2010 14:27

I think the French had better airliners than military aircraft in the 1930s. At least in the sense of more attractive design features, cleaner lines and aerodynamical qualities and the Bregeut 393T and Dewoitine D338 illustrate this fairly well. The flying contraptions that the French defined as "military aircraft", like the Potez 540 and Bloch 200 were ugly ducklings and their performancve was mediocre at best--until more modern, sleak looking types like the Dewoitine 520 fighter and Potez 630 attack bombers came around---now those were REAL combat aircraft!! Nevertheless, French airliner designs have always been one of my favorites, alongside American, British, German and Dutch civil aircraft.


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