The Avia company was created in 1919 by the new Czech government in what had been a sugar factory at Cakovice, on the east side of Prague. It brought together a design team led by P.Benes and M.Hajn, hence the letters BH that prefixed the company's early aircraft designations. The first of these was the BH-1 light aircraft, from which Avia went on to develop the BH-3 fighter monoplane in 1921. Fast and highly manoeuvrable, with a 185hp BMW IlIa engine that gave it a top speed of 214km/h, the Avia BH.3 was one of the most advanced warplanes of its day. Five were built with this powerplant, followed by five more fitted with a 220hp Walter W.IV, which raised the maximum speed to 225km/h. These aircraft were followed by a biplane fighter, the BH.21 of 1924, with a 300hp Skoda (licence-built Hispano) engine. About 120 were built for the Czech Army Aviation; 50 more were produced under licence by SABCA for the Belgian Air Force.
| ENGINE||1 x 300hp Skoda in-line engine|
| Take-off weight||1084 kg||2390 lb|
| Wingspan||8.90 m||29 ft 2 in|
| Length||6.87 m||23 ft 6 in|
| Height||2.74 m||9 ft 0 in|
| Max. speed||245 km/h||152 mph|
| Ceiling||5500 m||18050 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine guns|
|fahuang, e-mail, 18.06.2011 07:14|
I have a print of this aircraft signed by the artist but I am unable to decipher the name I believe the print comes from a collection of 33 published the czech airline in 1979.
|Duke Horn, e-mail, 15.03.2011 13:52|
Dare Mfg. makes a great free flight rubber scale of this ship that is a great flyer. Designed in the eighties by Mike Midkiff,it has a 34" w /s and would be suitable for r /c if you must.
|fking, e-mail, 02.07.2009 09:56|
Dear Alan, I suppose, that name of the painter is Vladimir Bidlo. Usually he signed his pictures as "vbidloXX" (XX= last two digit of era.
Mr.Bidlo was specialised on airplanes pictures and he was very active and well-known at the turn of seventieth and eighties.
I hope to help you.
Karel Fous, Praha (Prague)
|alan Bray, e-mail, 01.07.2009 10:08|
I have a print of this aircraft signed by the artist but I am unable to decipher the name I believe the print comes from a collection of 33 published the czech airline in 1979. Can anyone help?
Do you have any comments?
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