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Belgium's Renard R.31 reconnaissance

Design

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

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

Prototype

On October 16, 1932, the Renard R.31 prototype took off for the first time. In March 1934, 28 were ordered. Six more were ordered in August 1935.

Production

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

Usage

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

Final Mission

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

Specifications

  Renard R.31
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Rolls-Royce Kestrel II-S
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 525
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 47' 3"
Length 30' 2"
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 4,686 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 13,120' 183 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling 28,700'
Range  
Armament  
Fuselage 1 or 2: Vickers MG
Observer 1: Lewis MG

Sources:

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