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Bleriot-SPAD 60

bleriot-spad60


On 24 December 1925, the Societe Bleriot-Aeronautique received a French government order for three prototypes of a two-seat fighter powered by a 420hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter 9Ab nine-cylinder radial engine. Designated Bleriot SPAD 60, the fighter was a single-bay biplane of mixed construction with sweptback upper wing and unswept lower wing, armament comprising two fixed forward-firing 7.7mm machine guns in the upper wing and two weapons of similar calibre on a ring mounting in the rear cockpit. The first prototype was flown on 26 June 1926, but as a result of stability problems development was abandoned in favour of the Bleriot SPAD 70.

S.60
Engine: 1 x 420hp Gnome & Rhone Jupiter
Take-off weight: 1803 kg / 3975 lb
Empty weight: 1224 kg / 2698 lb
Wingspan: 11.30 m / 37 ft 1 in
Length: 6.88 m / 23 ft 7 in
Height: 3.21 m / 11 ft 6 in
Wing area: 36.60 sq.m / 393.96 sq ft
Max. speed: 209 km/h / 130 mph
Cruise speed: 185 km/h / 115 mph
Rate of climb: 256 m/min / 850 ft/min
Crew: 2
Armament: 4 x 7.7mm

 

 


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