Aero Ae.04

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Aero Ae.04

Successful testing of the Ae 02 led Vlasak and Husnik to revise the basic design in accordance with the requirements of the air component of the Czechoslovakian Army and to accept the BMW IlIa six-cylinder water-cooled engine rated at 185hp and for which a manufacturing licence had been acquired by Walter. Flown as the Ae 04 in 1921, the new prototype established a national altitude record of 6361m and was then displayed at the 2nd International Aircraft Exhibition in Prague. Retaining the structure and armament of the Ae 02, the Ae 04 transferred fuel tankage to the fuselage and initially flew with an automobile- style frontal radiator, this giving place to a chin-type radiator during flight development. Only one prototype of the Ae 04 was built, further development resulting in the A18.

Aero Ae.04

 ENGINE1 x 185hp BMW.IIIa
  Take-off weight900 kg1984 lb
  Empty weight670 kg1477 lb
  Wingspan7.70 m25 ft 3 in
  Length5.60 m18 ft 4 in
  Height2.70 m9 ft 10 in
  Wing area14.60 m2157.15 sq ft
  Max. speed225 km/h140 mph
  Cruise speed185 km/h115 mph
  Ceiling6362 m20850 ft
  Rate of climb357 m/min1150 ft/min
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm

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