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Lioré-et-Olivier LeO.8

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In April 1919, the Direction de l'Aeronautique established a new programme for the development of successors for the World War I aircraft types then equipping the Aeronautique Militaire. Among several categories of fighter included in this programme was a two-seat night fighter and reconnaissance aircraft (CAN 2), the specification for which demanded a max speed of at least 200km/h at 3000m.
To meet this requirement, Liore et Olivier developed a large, angular parasol monoplane powered by a 300hp Renault 12F 12-cylinder water-cooled engine and designated LeO 8 CAN 2. Of metal construction and with provision for two forward-firing Vickers guns and two Lewis guns in the rear cockpit, the LeO 8 was flown for the first time at Villacoublay in April 1923.
Although no production order was placed, the prototype was prepared for an attempt on the world altitude record with a 500kg payload. This attempt, which took place in 1925, ended in a tragedy with the death of the pilot.

Engine: 300hp Renault 12F
Max take-off weight: 1877 kg / 4138 lb
Empty weight: 1274 kg / 2809 lb
Wingspan: 15.50 m / 50 ft 10 in
Length: 8.70 m / 28 ft 7 in
Height: 3.00 m / 9 ft 10 in
Wing area: 32.00 sq.m / 344.44 sq ft
Max. speed: 215 km/h / 134 mph

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