Loire 210


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Loire 210

In 1933, the Marine Nationale formulated and issued a requirement for a modern float-equipped fighter that could be launched from the rotatable catapults of such cruisers as the Foch and the Richelieu. Contenders were built by Loire, Bernard (H.52), Potez (452) and Romano (R-90). The Loire 210, first flown on 21 March 1935, was of all-metal construction with metal skinning apart from the outboard sections of the wings which were fabric covered. It employed a fuselage essentially similar to that of the Loire 46. Powered by a 720hp Hispano- Suiza 9Vbs nine-cylinder radial, the Loire 210 began official trials in June 1936. A production order, which called for 20 aircraft, was not placed until 19 March 1937, the first series aircraft flying on 18 November 1938. The production model carried an armament of four wing-mounted 7.5mm Darne machine guns, two escadrilles forming with this fighter in August 1939. However, after several accidents resulting from wing structural failures, the remaining aircraft were withdrawn from service and their units disbanded.

Loire 210A three-view drawing (1232 x 1012)

  Take-off weight2180 kg4806 lb
  Empty weight1440 kg3175 lb
  Wingspan11.79 m39 ft 8 in
  Length9.51 m31 ft 2 in
  Height3.80 m12 ft 6 in
  Wing area20.30 m2218.51 sq ft
  Max. speed299 km/h186 mph
  Range750 km466 miles

leo rudnicki, e-mail, 30.04.2009 05:20

If you refer to the Blackburn B-20, it was just to keep the props out of the water and was far from successful.


Aero-Fox, 27.03.2008 22:12

I always wondered: why not make a floatplane fighter with floats that retracted into the fuselage? It was done succesfully with an experimental British bomber aircraft...why not with a fighter?
Would've cut down on drag immensly...


Timo Ruoko, e-mail, 28.01.2007 21:04

Ceiling was 8000 m


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