tiistai 12. tammikuuta 2016

Renard R.36

The Renard R.36 was a Belgian all-metal fighter aircraft designed to replace the Fairey Firefly II within the Belgian Air Force. Designed to improve on the Renard Epervier, which was never adopted by the Belgian government, the prototype R.36 first flew on 5 November 1937. 

Following testing the R.36 was approved by the Belgian Air Force in late 1938, with 40 aircraft provisionally ordered, to be delivered in two years. 

However, on 17 January 1939 the prototype, OO-ARW, crashed near Nivelles, killing pilot Lt. Visconte Eric de Spoelberg. 

The official investigation was inconclusive, no evidence of material failure being discovered, with the most probable causes being radio equipment coming loose during a high-G manoeuver, jamming the controls, or the pilot becoming incapacitated. 
The airframe had accumulated 75:30 hours flight time. The order was then dropped in favour of licence production of the Hawker Hurricane by SABCA.

General characteristics
Crew: One
Length: 8.80m 
Wingspan: 11.64 m
Height: 2.90m 
Wing area: 20.00m² 
Empty weight: 1,770 kg 
Loaded weight: 2,470 kg 
Powerplant: Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs 12-cylinder-V,  liquid cooled, 678 kW (910 hp)
Maximum speed: 515 km/h (320 mph)
Range: 1000 km (620 miles)
Time to 4,000m: 4.93 minutes

Guns: 1 x engine mounted 20-mm cannon, 4 x wing-mounted 7.7m machine guns

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