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Avia BH-23

Avia-BH23-01
 
The Avia BH-23 was a prototype night fighter aircraft designed by Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn and built in Czechoslovakia in 1926. First flown in 1926, the design was derived from the BH-21 day fighter, incorporating structural changes made to the BH-22 trainer, and the type was originally designated BH-22N.
 
The aircraft received two synchronized 7.7-mm Vickers machine gun and searchlights and other night-flying equipment were added, but the Czechoslovak Air Force were not interested in the project and no sale resulted. Only two were built.
 
Engine: 1 × Skoda-built Hispano-Suiza 8Aa, 134 kW (180 hp)
Wingspan: 8.90 m (29 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 22.0 m2 (237 ft2)
Length: 6.87 m (22 ft 6 in)
Height: 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in)
Empty weight: 705 kg (1,554 lb)
Gross weight: 879 kg (1,938 lb)
Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)
Cruising speed: 190 km / h
Range: 480 km
Ceiling: 5500 m
Armament: 2 front 7.7 mm machine gun
Crew: one, pilot
 
 
 
 
 


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