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Avimeta AVM-88



Designed by Capt Georges Lepere, who, while on loan to the US government, had been primarily responsible for the Packard-Lepere LUSAC-11 and -21 two-seat fighters, the Avimeta 88 two-seat parasol monoplane fighter was built by the aviation department of the Schneider-Creusot industrial group, and appeared in 1926. Constructed entirely of a metal alloy known as alferium, the Avimeta 88 had corrugated alferium skinning and was powered by a 500hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm MAC (Vickers) machine guns and two Lewis guns on a flexible mounting in the rear cockpit. Only one prototype of the Avimeta 88 was built, development being abandoned when the official requirement for a new two-seat fighter and reconnaissance aircraft was discarded.

Avimeta 88
Engine: 1 x 500hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb
Wingspan: 17.00 m / 56 ft 9 in
Length: 9.76 m / 32 ft 0 in
Height: 3.00 m / 10 ft 10 in
Wing area: 40.00 sq.m / 430.56 sq ft
Max take-off weight: 2400 kg / 5291 lb
Empty weight: 1550 kg / 3417 lb
Max. speed: 240 km/h / 149 mph
Cruise speed: 206 km/h / 128 mph
Ceiling: 7500 m / 24600 ft
Crew: 2
Armament: 4 x 7.7mm mg




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