Aero A.101

The Aero A.101 was a biplane light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft built in Czechoslovakia during the 1930s.


Aero A.101
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1934
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Czechoslovakia View
Spain View
Slovakia View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Aero Vodochody 50 View

It was an attempt to improve the Aero A.100 by enlarging it and fitting it with a more powerful engine. However, even with 33% more power, performance was actually inferior, and the Czechoslovak Air Force was not interested in the type. Production did result, however, when 50 were ordered by Spanish Republican forces for use in the Spanish Civil War. Some of these aircraft were captured by Nationalists while en route and used against their original buyers.

Local demand eventually was forthcoming, and a re-engined version was produced as the Ab.101.

Role Light bomber
Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Aero Vodochody
Produced 1930s
Number built 50


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.09 m (39 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.99 m (55 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 3.73 m (12 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 58.7 m² (631 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,578 kg (5,671 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 4,345 kg (9,559 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Praga-built Isotta-Fraschini, 738 kW (990 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 265 km/h (143 knots, 169 mph)
  • Range: 845 km (456 nm, 562 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (21,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.5 m/s (490 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 74 kg/m² (15 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 170 W/kg (0.10 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns:
    2× forward-firing 7.92 mm (0.312 in) vz.30 (Ceská zbrojovka Strakonice) machine guns
    2× 7.92 mm vz.30 (Ceská zbrojovka Strakonice) in ring mount for observer
  • Bombs: 500 kg (1,100 lb)

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