Wibault 7

The Wibault 7 was a 1920s French monoplane fighter designed and built by Société des Avions Michel Wibault. Variants were operated by the French and Polish military and built under licence for Chile as the Vickers Wibault.


Wibault 7
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Wibault
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1924
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Chile View
France 1929 View
Paraguay View
Poland View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Wibault View

Developed from the earlier Wib.3 the Wibault 7 was a C.I category single-seat high-wing braced parasol monoplane fighter powered by a 480 hp (360 kW) Gnome-Rhone 9Ad radial engine. The main difference from earlier aircraft was the use of an all-metal construction system which was patented by Wibault. The first prototype flew in 1924, and was followed by two more prototypes. Despite only being placed third in the competition (behind the Nieuport-Delage NiD 42 and the Gourdou-Leseurre GL.32), an order for 25 Wib.7s was placed in January 1927. These were followed in production by 60 aircraft for the Aéronautique Militaire as the Wib.72 which entered service in 1929. Twenty-six Wib.7s were built for Chile under licence by Vickers in England. Plans to build the aircraft in Poland by the PZL company did not happen, although the company did deliver three aircraft fitted with Wright radial engines and 25 Wibault 72s to the Polish military. The next variant was the Wib.73, with seven built for Paraguay. The French Navy bought some carrier-capable Wib.74s with strengthened fuselage and arrestor hook.

Role Monoplane fighter
National origin France
Manufacturer Wibault
First flight 1924
Introduction 1929
Primary user Aéronautique Militaire
Variants Vickers Wibault


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.45 m (24 ft 51/3 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.00 m (36 ft 11/8 in)
  • Height: 2.90 m (9 ft 61/8 in)
  • Wing area: 22.0 m2 (236.8 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 827 kg (1,823 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,444 kg (3,183 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Gnome et Rhône 9Ac, 313 kW (420 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 227 km/h (141 mph)
  • Range: 600 km (373 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,900 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.4 m/s (1,070 ft/min)

Armament

  • 2x 7.7 mm Vickers machine guns

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