Avia BH-19

The Avia BH-19 was a fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1924. It was a low-wing braced monoplane derived from the Avia BH-3 and reflected its designers' ongoing belief that the monoplane configuration was the most suitable for a fighter aircraft. Initial trials revealed excellent performance, but also displayed control problems and aileron flutter. Nevertheless, the Czechoslovak Army were sufficiently impressed to tell Avia that it would order the BH-19 if the problems could be rectified.

The first prototype was destroyed in a crash during speed trials, and the second prototype revealed no better handling than its predecessor. At this point, the Czechoslovakian War Ministry stepped in and asked Avia to cease its attempts to develop a monoplane fighter.

Avia BH-19
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1924
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1924
Number built 2

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 7.37 m (24 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 18.3 m2 (197 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 792 kg (1,746 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,155 kg (2,546 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 230 kW (310 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 245 km/h (152 mph)
  • Range: 520 km (320 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.6 m/s (1,090 ft/min)


  • 2 × fixed, forward-firing .303 Vickers machine guns

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