Liore et Olivier LeO 25

The Lioré et Olivier LeO 25 was a bomber aircraft produced in France in the late 1920s. It was a development of the LeO 20 and retained much of that aircraft's structure, adding a new tail and liquid-cooled engines. The prototype was delivered to the Aéronautique Militaire amongst a batch of LeO 20s in 1928 for evaluation. This was redesignated LeO 252 in 1929 after an engine change, and a second, generally similar machine was purchased by Romania.

In 1931, the LeO 252 remaining in France was fitted with wooden floats and handed over to the Aéronavale, forming the pattern for the majority of LeO 25s which would be produced as seaplanes. The only other members of the family to be built with wheeled undercarriage were three LeO 253s purchased by Brazil in 1931, and which would see service in the Constitutionalist Revolution the following year, and the sole LeO 255 which would later be fitted with floats. This latter machine was equipped with supercharged engines and was used to set a number of height-with-load records for seaplanes.

The only versions produced in quantity were the LeO H-257bis and LeO H-258, which together represented orders for 86 units from the Aéronavale. Entering service in June 1935, they flew neutrality patrols during the Spanish Civil War and some remained in service at the outbreak of the Second World War. These surviving aircraft flew convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols in September 1939 before being used as tactical bombers against land targets during the Blitzkrieg, suffering heavy losses. Fifty-three remained on strength with Vichy forces in August 1940, and these were used for secondary roles such as training and target towing until 1944.

Liore et Olivier LeO 25
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Liore et Olivier
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1928
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Romania View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Role Bomber
National origin France
Manufacturer Lioré et Olivier
First flight 1928
Primary user Aéronavale


General characteristics

  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 17.54 m (57 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 25.5 m (83 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 133.5 m2 (1,437 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 5,300 kg (11,684 lb)
  • Gross weight: 9,560 kg (21,076 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Gnome-Rhône 14Knrs 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 650 kW (870 hp)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Gnome-Rhône 14Kors 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 650 kW (870 hp) (opposite rotation to 14Knrs)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph; 124 kn)
  • Range: 1,500 km (932 mi; 810 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,247 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 3 × 7.5 mm (0.295 in) Darne machine guns
  • Bombs: 700 kg (1,500 lb) of bombs or 1x DA torpedo

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