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Avia BH-26 Aircraft Information

Avia BH-26


Manufacturer: Avia
Designed by: Pavel Bene and Miroslav Hajn
First flight: 1927
Number built: ca. 8

The Avia BH-26 was a two-seat armed reconnaissance aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1927. It was a single-bay unstaggered biplane with equal-span wings and a fixed tail-skid undercarriage. Both upper and lower wings featured long-span ailerons, which were dynamically balanced by a small auxiliary airfoil mounted to the upper surface of the lower ailerons. Its design was typical of this type of aircraft built during World War I and the years following; pilot and observer in tandem open cockpits with the observer armed with a machine gun on a ring mount. As with many other Avia designs, the BH-26 originally had no fixed fin; only a rudder, but this was changed in service.


General characteristics

Crew: two, pilot and observer
Length: 8.85 m (29 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 31.0 m (333 ft)
Empty weight: 1,030 kg (2,270 lb)
Gross weight: 1,630 kg (3,590 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Walter-built Bristol Jupiter IV radial, 336 kW (450 hp)


Maximum speed: 242 km/h (150 mph)
Range: 530 km (330 miles)
Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,900 ft)
Rate of climb: 6.3 m/s (1,230 ft/min)


2 x fixed, forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Vickers machine guns
2 x 7.7 mm (.303 in) Lewis guns in Skoda-built ring mount for observer

Related development BH-28

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp.86.
World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp.File 889 Sheet 86.
Němeček, V. (1968). Československx letadla. Praha: Nae Vojsko.

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