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SET 7

Manufacturer: SET
Designed by: Grigore Zamfirescu
First flight: 1931
Number built: 123

The SET 7 was a military trainer and reconnaissance aircraft produced in Romania in the mid 1930s. As originally designed, it was a conventional single-bay biplane with slightly staggered wings. The undercarriage was of fixed tailskid type and the pilot and instructor or observer sat in tandem, open cockpits. Power was supplied by an Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar engine, and from the outset the aircraft was equipped for wireless and photographic reconnaissance duties.

An armed version followed in 1934, adding a trainable machine gun for the observer and a fixed machine gun for the pilot. This version, the 7K, was powered by a neatly-cowled Gnome-Rhxne 7Ksd engine, and the 7KB (fitted with bomb racks) and 7KD were specialised subtypes that followed it. A floatplane version was produced as the 7H.

Variants

SET 7 - initial unarmed trainer version with Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar engine (50 built)
SET 7K - armed reconnaissance version with Gnome-Rhxne 7Ksd engine (20 built)
SET 7KB - 7K fitted with IAR-built Barbieri-type bomb racks
SET 7KD - 7K stripped of most equipment and used for liaison duties (Divizionar - "army division use")
SET 7H - floatplane for Romanian Navy

Operators

Romania

Royal Romanian Air Force
Royal Romanian Navy

Specifications (7KD)

General characteristics

Crew: Two, pilot and observer
Length: 7.16 m (23 ft 67.7 in)
Wingspan: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)
Wing area: 26.6 m (286 ft)
Empty weight: 1,115 kg (2,458 lb)
Gross weight: 1,780 kg (3,924 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x IAR-built Gnome-Rhxne 7Kd, 373 kW (500 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Range: 580 km (360 miles)
Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)

Armament

1 x fixed, forward firing .303 Lewis gun
1 x trainable, rearward-firing .303 Lewis gun on ring mount for observer
300 kg (660 lb) of bombs

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 352.

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