|FIGHTER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Buscaylet|
A derivative of the Letord-Bechereau 2 embodying some redesign and built by Buscaylet Pere et Fils- Bobin, the BB2 single-seat fighter was tendered to meet the requirements of the 1923 C1 programme and the sole prototype was flown in 1924. Powered by a 500hp Salmson 18Cm 18-cylinder water-cooled engine driving the propeller via an extension shaft, the BB2 was of essentially similar configuration to that of the earlier LB2, but replaced the inclined aerofoil surfaces between the undercarriage structure and mid span with very substantial struts. Armament comprised the standard pair of 7.7mm machine guns. Prototype trials proved disappointing and the aircraft was discarded from the official short list of contenders. However, further development as a two-seat fighter was later undertaken by its designer, Louis Bechereau, after his appointment as chief of the airframe design staff of the Salmson company.
All the World's Rotorcraft