Avia BH-3

The Avia BH-3 was a fighter plane built in Czechoslovakia in 1921. Conceptually a descendant of the BH-1 sports plane, it was a braced, low-wing monoplane of conventional configuration and tailskid undercarriage. Following favourable trials in June 1921, ten examples were ordered by the Czechoslovakian Air Force. These were delivered in 1923 under the military designation B.3. The type proved temperamental in service and was soon relegated to training duties, where it served until 1927.

Avia BH-3
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1921
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Czechoslovakia 1923 1927 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Avia 14 View

Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1921
Introduction 1923
Retired 1927
Primary user Czechoslovakian Air Force
Number built 14


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 7.00 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.20 m (33 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 3.10 m (10 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 15.8 m2 (170 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 778 kg (1,715 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,025 kg (2,260 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW IIIa inline, 138 kW (185 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 240 at 2000m km/h (150 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (300 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 7,800 m (25,600 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 7.9 m/s (1,560 ft/min)

Armament

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

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