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Belgium's Renard R.31 reconnaissance

Design

The Renard R.31 was a monoplane with a high wing.1 There was a composite skin over the metal skeleton.1

The Renard R.31 was hard to handle and thus unpopular with the pilots.1

Prototype

On October 16, 1932, the Renard R.31 prototype took off for the first time.1 In March 1934, 28 were ordered.1 Six more were ordered in August 1935.1

Production

  • Renard R.31:
  • Manufacturer: Constructions Aéronautiques G. Renard1

Usage

There were 34 Renard R.31s in operational units.1

Final Mission

The final mission for the Belgium Air Force was on May 27, 1940, and the Renard R.31s took part.1

Specifications

  Renard R.311
Type Reconnaissance1
Crew 21
Engine (Type) Rolls-Royce Kestrel II-S1
Cylinders V 121
Cooling Liquid1
HP 5251
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 47' 3"1
Length 30' 2"1
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 4,686 lb1
Performance  
Speed @ 13,120' 183 mph1
Climb  
Service ceiling 28,700'1
Range  
Armament  
Fuselage 1 or 2: Vickers MG1
Observer 1: Lewis MG1

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site