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BH-6
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1923
Number built 1

The Avia BH-6 was a prototype fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1923. It was a single-bay biplane of unusual configuration developed in tandem with the BH-7, which shared its fuselage and tail design.

Development

The BH-6 had wings of unequal span, but unusually, the top wing was the shorter of the two; and while it was braced to the bottom wing with a single I-strut on either side, these sloped inwards from bottom to top. Finally, the top wing was attached to the fuselage not by a set of cabane struts, but by a single large pylon.

The BH-6 crashed early in its test programme, and when the related BH-7 did as well, both implementations of this design were abandoned.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 6.47 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.98 m (32 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.88 m (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 22.6 m2 (243 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 878 kg (1,936 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,180 kg (2,601 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda licence-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 310 kW (231 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (137 mph)
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament

  • 2 × fixed, forward-firing .303 Vickers machine guns
  • See also

    {{aircontent BH-7 - BH-8 - BH-17 BH-3 - BH-4 - BH-5 - BH-6 - BH-7 - BH-8 - BH-9 }}

    References

    • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 86. 
    • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 86. 
    • Němeček, V. (1968). Československá letadla. Praha: Naše Vojsko.
    • airwar.ru

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