Avia BH-8

The Avia BH-8 was a prototype fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1923. It was an unequal-span biplane developed on the basis of the ill-fated BH-6 design, in an attempt to address that type's problems. It shared the BH-6's unusual wing cellule design.


Avia BH-8
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1923
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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When test-flown in late 1923, it did indeed display better flying characteristics than its predecessor, but was overtaken in development by another variation on the same design, the BH-17.

Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1923
Number built 1


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 6.49 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.48 m (31 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 2.77 m (9 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 22.1 m2 (238 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 843 kg (1,858 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,143 kg (2,520 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda licence-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 310 kW (231 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 222 km/h (138 mph)
  • Range: 450 km (280 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.7 m/s (1,115 ft/min)

Armament

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

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