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Talleres Nacionales De Construcciones Aeronauticas Microplane Veloz

TNCA-Micro-01
 
In February 1918, the Talleres Nacionales de Construcciones Aeronauticas (TNCA), or National Aircraft Manufacturing Workshops, at Balbuena Airfield, Mexico City, completed the prototype of a single-seat fighting scout to the designs of Francisco Santarini and Capt Guillermo Villasana. First own product of the National Aircraft Manufacturing Workshops.
A single-bay unstaggered biplane known as the Microplano, the aircraft was powered by a 180hp Hispano-Suiza eight-cylinder Vee-type water-cooled engine driving a Mexican Anahuac propeller, and was of metal construction. The intended armament was either one or two synchronised machine guns.
 
Although flight trials of the Microplano were allegedly satisfactory, no series production was undertaken owing to the overthrow of the Carranza regime and the ensuing civil war.
 
Engine: 180hp Hispano-Suiza
Wingspan: 8.00 m / 26 ft 3 in
Wing area: 18.00 m2 / 193.75 sq ft
Length: 6.60 m / 22 ft 8 in
Height: 2.55 m / 8 ft 4 in
Empty weight: 460 kg / 1014 lb
Max take-off weight: 650 kg / 1433 lb
Max speed: 220 km/h / 137 mph
 
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