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France's Breguet 521 naval reconnaissance flying boat

Design

The Breguet 521 was based on the civilian Breguet 530 Saigon.

The Bre 521 was a center hulled biplane seaplane.

Prototype

The Breguet 521 prototype first took to the air in September 1933.

Production

  • Breguet 521: 30
  • Manufacturer: Breguet

Usage

Deliveries to reconnaissance units of the Breguet 521 began in 1935.

Battle of France

Only a few of the Breguet 521s remained when the Battle of France started in May 1940.

German Usage

The remaining Breguet 521s were taken over by the Germans and used in air-sea rescue.

Free French Use

One of the Breguet 521s was recaptured by the Free French forces in 1944.

Specifications

  Breguet 521
Type Naval reconnaissance
Crew 8
Engine (Type) 3: Gnome-Rhône 14 Kirs
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 900 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 115' 3"
Length 66' 8"
Height 24' 6"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 35,320 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 3,200' 151 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 19,700'
Range 1,305 miles
Maximum range  
Armament 5: MG
Bombs 660 lb

Sources:

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