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"Military monoplane"
Role Prototype military aircraft
Manufacturer Antoinette
Designer Léon Levavasseur
First flight 1911
Number built 1

The Antoinette military monoplane, sometimes known as the Antoinette-Latham or the Antoinette Monobloc was an early monoplane built in France in the hope of attracting orders from the French military. It was a substantially redesigned member of the family that began with the Gastambide-Mengin I in 1908, featuring a number of aerodynamic refinements. It had cantilever wings, without any bracing wires, and the aircraft featured spats to enclose the landing gear struts.[1] However, these refinements made the aircraft too heavy to fly with its 37 kW (50 hp) engine. Nevertheless, it was exhibited at the 1911 Concours Militaire at Reims, where unsurprisingly, it failed to attract any orders.

Specifications

Data from Opdycke 1999 p.23

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 12.25 m (40 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.9 m (52 ft 2 in)
  • Empty weight: 935 kg (2,061 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Antoinette 8V V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 37 kW (50 hp)

See also

  • Antoinette III
  • Antoinette IV
  • Antoinette V
  • Antoinette VI
  • Antoinette VII

References

  • Opdycke, Leonard E French Aeroplanes Before the Great War Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1999 ISBN 0-7643-0752-5
  • Taylor, M. J. H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989 p. 63
  • World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing: London. File 889 Sheet 63.

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