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Bo.T
Role Torpedo-reconnaissance floatplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Antoine Odier
Designer Borel
First flight 1916
Primary user French Navy

The Borel-Odier Bo-T (also known as the Borel-Odier torpedo floatplane) was a French twin-engined float biplane designed by Borel but built by Antoine Odier for the French Navy.[1]

Design and development

The Bo-T was a biplane powered by two 164 kW (220 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Ba inline piston engines and fitted with twin floats.[1] It had room under the fuselage for a torpedo.[1] The prototype was destroyed on the first flight in August 1916 but the French Navy still placed and order for 91 aircraft.[1] Deliveries did not start until 1917 and were stopped when the Armistice was signed.[1] Only a few aircraft saw operational use on coastal patrols in the mediterranean.[1]

In 1919 a ten-passenger transport variant was flown designated Bo-C but it was destroyed during testing.[1]

Variants

Bo-T
Torpedo-reconnaissance floatplane
Bo-C
Ten-passenger transport variant of the Bo-T

Operators

 France

Specifications (Bo-T)

Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Length: 11.23 m (36 ft 10½ in)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7½ in)
  • Height: 3.93 m (12 ft 10¾ in)
  • Empty weight: 1200 kg (2646 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2400 kg (5291 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ba inline piston engines, 164 kW (220 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 124 km/h (77 mph)

Armament

  • 2 × 7.7mm (0.303in) Lewis machine-guns on flexible mounts
  • 1 × 650kg (1433lb) Torpedo
  • See also

    • List of seaplanes and amphibious aircraft

    References

    Notes

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Orbis 1985, p. 833

    Bibliography

    • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

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