Monday, July 5, 2010

Arsenal VB-10

The Arsenal VB-10 was a French Tandem engines  fighter prototypes developed during and shortly after World War II. It was a monoplane with largely orthodox configuration and retractable tailwheel  the VB 10 added a second engine behind the cockpit which drove a second propeller, coaxial with and counter-rotating to the propeller driven by the engine in the nose. Although the aircraft was first designed (and indeed ordered) in 1940, but because of French occupation, the aircrafts could not flown until  Europe was freed .But then, the Amee de air changed their favor on the jet technology and age of piston engine was over so the project was cancelled  in 1948 and all 6 prototypes were scrapped.
General characteristics
  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 12.98 m (42 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.49 m (50 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 35.5 m² (382 ft²)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 12Zars-15/16, 860 kW (1,150 hp) each
  • Maximum speed: 700 km/h (435 mph)
  • Range: 7,700 km (1,056 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 11,010 m (36,120 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,008 ft/min)

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