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structural failures, the remaining aircraft were withdrawn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.
|A three-view drawing (1232 x 1012)|
| Take-off weight||2180 kg||4806 lb|
| Empty weight||1440 kg||3175 lb|
| Wingspan||11.79 m||39 ft 8 in|
| Length||9.51 m||31 ft 2 in|
| Height||3.80 m||12 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||20.30 m2||218.51 sq ft|
| Max. speed||299 km/h||186 mph|
| Range||750 km||466 miles|
|leo rudnicki, 30.04.2009|
If you refer to the Blackburn B-20, it was just to keep the props out of the water and was far from successful.
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, 28.01.2007|
Ceiling was 8000 m
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?