In April 1919, the Direction de l'Aeronautique established
a new programme for the development of successors
for the World War I aircraft types then equipping
the Aeronautique Militaire. Among several
categories of fighter included in this programme was a
two-seat night fighter and reconnaissance aircraft
(CAN 2), the specification for which demanded a max
speed of at least 200km/h at 3000m. To meet this requirement, the Liore et Olivier
concern developed a large, angular parasol monoplane
powered by a 300hp Renault 12F 12-cylinder water-cooled
engine and designated LeO 8 CAN 2. Of metal
construction and with provision for two forward-firing
Vickers guns and two Lewis guns in the rear cockpit,
the LeO 8 was flown for the first time at Villacoublay in
April 1923. Although no production order was placed, the prototype was prepared for an attempt on the world
altitude record with a 500kg payload. This
attempt, which took place in 1925, ended in a tragedy
with the death of the pilot.
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 830)|
| Take-off weight||1877 kg||4138 lb|
| Empty weight||1274 kg||2809 lb|
| Wingspan||15.50 m||51 ft 10 in|
| Length||8.70 m||29 ft 7 in|
| Height||3.00 m||10 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||32.00 m2||344.44 sq ft|
| Max. speed||215 km/h||134 mph|
|Diabolo, e-mail, 19.10.2010 16:29|
Le programme des avions de chasse et de reconnaissance de nuit fut purement et simplement annulé par le gouvernement Français en 1925.
Le pilote d'essai Ruppert fut sans doute victime d'un malaise à l'altittude de 6115m, l'appareil se met en vrille et le pilote, pourtant équipé d'un parachute, ne réussit pas à s'ejecter.
The program fighters and recognition night was canceled outright by the French government in 1925.
Test pilot Ruppert was probably the victim of a malaise in altittude of 6115m, the aircraft entered a spin and the pilot, yet with a parachute, fails to eject.
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