Bleriot-SPAD 60


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Bleriot-SPAD 60

On 24 December 1925, the Societe Bleriot-Aeronautique received a French government order for three prototypes of a two-seat fighter powered by a 420hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter 9Ab nine-cylinder radial engine. Designated Bleriot SPAD 60, the fighter was a single-bay biplane of mixed construction with sweptback upper wing and unswept lower wing, armament comprising two fixed forward-firing 7.7mm machine guns in the upper wing and two weapons of similar calibre on a ring mounting in the rear cockpit. The first prototype was flown on 26 June 1926, but as a result of stability problems development was abandoned in favour of the Bleriot SPAD 70.

W.Green, D.Swanborough "The Complete Book of Fighters", 2000

 ENGINE1 x 420hp Gnome & Rhone Jupiter
  Take-off weight1803 kg3975 lb
  Empty weight1224 kg2698 lb
  Wingspan11.30 m37 ft 1 in
  Length6.88 m23 ft 7 in
  Height3.21 m11 ft 6 in
  Wing area36.60 m2393.96 sq ft
  Max. speed209 km/h130 mph
  Cruise speed185 km/h115 mph
  Rate of climb256 m/min850 ft/min
 ARMAMENT4 x 7.7mm

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