Liore-Olivier LeO 8


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Liore-Olivier LeO 8

In April 1919, the Direction de l'Aeronautique established a new programme for the development of successors for the World War I aircraft types then equipping the Aeronautique Militaire. Among several categories of fighter included in this programme was a two-seat night fighter and reconnaissance aircraft (CAN 2), the specification for which demanded a max speed of at least 200km/h at 3000m. To meet this requirement, the Liore et Olivier concern developed a large, angular parasol monoplane powered by a 300hp Renault 12F 12-cylinder water-cooled engine and designated LeO 8 CAN 2. Of metal construction and with provision for two forward-firing Vickers guns and two Lewis guns in the rear cockpit, the LeO 8 was flown for the first time at Villacoublay in April 1923. Although no production order was placed, the prototype was prepared for an attempt on the world altitude record with a 500kg payload. This attempt, which took place in 1925, ended in a tragedy with the death of the pilot.

Liore-Olivier LeO 8A three-view drawing (1280 x 830)

  Take-off weight1877 kg4138 lb
  Empty weight1274 kg2809 lb
  Wingspan15.50 m51 ft 10 in
  Length8.70 m29 ft 7 in
  Height3.00 m10 ft 10 in
  Wing area32.00 m2344.44 sq ft
  Max. speed215 km/h134 mph

Diabolo, e-mail, 19.10.2010 16:29

Le programme des avions de chasse et de reconnaissance de nuit fut purement et simplement annulé par le gouvernement Français en 1925.

Le pilote d'essai Ruppert fut sans doute victime d'un malaise à l'altittude de 6115m, l'appareil se met en vrille et le pilote, pourtant équipé d'un parachute, ne réussit pas à s'ejecter.

The program fighters and recognition night was canceled outright by the French government in 1925.

Test pilot Ruppert was probably the victim of a malaise in altittude of 6115m, the aircraft entered a spin and the pilot, yet with a parachute, fails to eject.


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