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France's Dewoitine D.720 reconnaissance

Design

The French government put out a request for a reconnaissance aircraft that could carry three crewman. It was also to be used for bombing and training. An order for 1,000 of these were to be built, but the French government never confirmed the order.

The D.720 had retractable landing gear.

Prototype

On July 10, 1939, the D.720 prototype flew for the first time.

Production

  • Prototype: 1
  • Dewoitine D.720:
  • Manufacturer: SNCAM

Variants

  • Dewoitine D.700: Original model.
  • Dewoitine D.720:

Specifications

  Dewoitine D.720
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 3
Engine (Type) 2: Renault 12 R
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Air
Net HP 500 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 48' 11"
Length 34' 5"
Height 12' 3"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 8,426 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 11,810' 224 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 27,560'
Range 950 miles
Armament 3: MG
Bombs 440 lb

Sources:

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