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Czechoslovakia's Letov S.328 reconnaissance

Design

Finland requested an all around reconnaissance plane and Letov designed the S.328 for them in 1933. The contract wasn't finalized and the Czechoslovakian government ordered 445.

The S.328 was a two seater with a frame made of metal and a composite cover.

Production

  • Letov S.328:
  • ? night fighter: 13
  • ? seaplane: 4
  • Manufacturer: Letov

Variants

  • Letov S.328:
  • ?: Night fighter.
  • ?: Seaplane.

Usage

The Letov S.328 was used as a light bomber and reconnaissance plane.

Czechoslovakian Air Force

The Letov S.328 was in use by the Czechoslovakian Air Force from 1934 to 1939.

Luftwaffe Use

The Letov S.328s were confiscated by the Luftwaffe and used as trainers and were used until 1944.

Bulgaria

The Bulgarians received some of the Letov S.328s from Germany.

Specifications

  Letov S.328
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Bristol Pegasus II M.2
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
HP 560
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 44' 11"
Length 34' 1"
Height 11' 2"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,820 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 9,800' 174 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 23,600'
Range 435 miles
Armament  
Upper wing 2: MG
Observer 2: MG

Sources:

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