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  • Aero A.11 Day and Night Reconnaissance / Multi-purpose Aircraft


    The Aero A.11 was a multi-purpose airframe that saw no fewer than 20 variants produced during the interwar years.



     Updated: 3/20/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The Aero A.11 was a successful, multi-faceted performer for the Czech Army Air Force in the interwar years between World War 1 and World War 2. Equally respected for its adaptability and capability, the A.11 was designed from the outset as a multi-purpose airframe to replace the aging series of aircraft still in service at the time. In the end, the Aero A.11 would see no fewer than 20 different variant types, owing to the adaptable design envisioned when the aircraft first flew in 1923.

    The A.11 was of a basic design. The pilot and gunner sat in tandem along the box-type fuselage. The biplane wing structure was fitted just in front and around the pilot's position with the single liquid-cooled engine mounted forward. A single .303 caliber machine gun was fitted for self defense.

    The Aero A.11 was seen in its typically reconnaissance platforms but was equally adept in the role of day or night bombing. Other notable variants would go on to include the ever-important target tug (in the form of the A.29) and several day and night bombers of similar design. The A.29 target-tug variant would also form the basis for the first Czech sea-operating float plane.

    Aero A.11 Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 1921
    Type: Day and Night Reconnaissance / Multi-purpose Aircraft
    National Origin: Czechoslovakia
    Manufacturer(s): Aero Vodochody - Czechoslovakia
    Production Total: 440



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 26.90 feet (8.2 meters)
    Width: 41.90 feet (12.77 meters)
    Height: 10.17 feet (3.10 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 3,263 lb (1,480 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 1 x Walter W.IV 8-cylinder liquid-cooled engine developing 240 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 133 mph (214 kph; 116 knots)
    Maximum Range: 466 miles (750 km)
    Service Ceiling: 23,599 feet (7,193 meters; 4.47 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    STANDARD:
    1 x 7.62mm machine gun

    Global Operators / Customers


    Czechoslovakia; Finland

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    A.11 - Base Designation

    Ab.11 - Day/Night Light Bomber

    A.11HS - Finnish Export Model Designation

    A.11N - Day/Night Bomber

    A.21 - Trainer Variant

    A.24 - Trainer Variant

    A.25 - Trainer Variant

    A.29 - Target Tug

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