Avia BH-23


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Avia BH-23

In parallel with production of the BH-21 fighter, Avia manufactured a lighter, lower-powered aerobatic advanced training version without armament, 30 examples being built as the BH-22. By a reverse process, a single-seat light night fighter was evolved by introducing armament on the BH-22 trainer in 1925, two prototypes being completed and evaluated as the BH-23 (also known as the BH-22N). The BH-23 was powered by a Skoda-built HS 8Aa eight-cylinder watercooled Vee engine rated at 180hp, and armament comprised two 7.7mm machine guns. No production of the BH-23 was undertaken.

 ENGINE1 x 180hp Skoda (Hispano Suiza) 8Aa
  Take-off weight879 kg1938 lb
  Empty weight705 kg1554 lb
  Wingspan8.80 m29 ft 10 in
  Length6.87 m23 ft 6 in
  Height2.74 m9 ft 0 in
  Wing area21.96 m2236.38 sq ft
  Max. speed210 km/h130 mph
  Cruise speed190 km/h118 mph
  Ceiling5500 m18050 ft
  Range480 km298 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm

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