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France's Breguet 521 naval reconnaissance flying boat

Design

The Breguet 521 was based on the civilian Breguet 530 Saigon.1

The Bre 521 was a center hulled biplane seaplane.1

Prototype

The Breguet 521 prototype first took to the air in September 1933.1

Production

  • Breguet 521: 301
  • Manufacturer: Breguet1

Usage

Deliveries to reconnaissance units of the Breguet 521 began in 1935.1

Battle of France

Only a few of the Breguet 521s remained when the Battle of France started in May 1940.1

German Usage

The remaining Breguet 521s were taken over by the Germans and used in air-sea rescue.1

Free French Use

One of the Breguet 521s was recaptured by the Free French forces in 1944.1

Specifications

  Breguet 5211
Type Naval reconnaissance1
Crew 81
Engine (Type) 3: Gnome-Rhône 14 Kirs1
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
Net HP 900 each1
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 115' 3"1
Length 66' 8"1
Height 24' 6"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 35,320 lb1
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 3,200' 151 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 19,700'1
Range 1,305 miles1
Maximum range  
Armament 5: MG1
Bombs 660 lb1

Sources:

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