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Avia B.534

Czechoslovakia (1934)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Avia B.534 Biplane Fighter Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/26/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Avia B.534  
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The oft-forgotten B.534 was at the pinnacle of biplane design in the 1930s.

The Czechoslovakian Avia B.534 series of biplane was a highly regarded though often forgotten product of the European nation. Some reports make it the best aircraft of its category during its early run through the 1930s. Such was the performance of the machine that the German Luftwaffe would briefly setup a fighter squadron utilizing captured B.534 aircraft.

Simply put, the Avia B.534 can be thought of as a melding of two ages in aviation history. The B.534 featured a static undercarriage and coupled with its throwback biplane wing assembly. Under that outdated facade was also four 7.7mm synchronized machine guns, a powerful 850 horsepower engine capable of 245 miles per hour and the ability for the weapon system to carry no fewer than six 44lb bombs. Handling of the system was reported to be favorable, so much so that this combination of speed, handling and firepower was highly respected.

Fuselage construction of the Avia B.534 was a unique mix of fabric-covered steel-structured wing assemblies. The fuselage, as a whole, was highly aerodynamic in nature, complete with an enclosed cockpit. The operational flight ceiling of over 30,000 necessitated this feature.

Avia B.534's would eventually see combat against the invading German forces, for the conquering German forces against the Soviet Union and ultimately phased out of service after completing several, less note-worthy, roles.
Any available statistics for the Avia B.534 Biplane Fighter Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Avia B.534-IV Specifications
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Year: 1934
Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Avia - Czechoslovakia
Production: 300
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 1
Length: 26.90 ft (8.2 m)
Width: 30.84 ft (9.40 m)
Height: 10.17 ft (3.10 m)
Empty Weight: 3,219 lb (1,460 kg)
MTOW: 4,674 lb (2,120 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Hispano-Suiza HS 12Ydrs inline piston engine developing 850 horsepower.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 245 mph (394 kph; 213 kts)
Maximum Range: 360 mi (580 km; 313 nm)
Service Ceiling: 34,777 ft (10,600 m; 6.59 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,953 ft/min (900 m/min)

4 x 7.7mm synchronized machine guns

6 x 44lb bombs

Operators List
Czechoslovakia; Nazi Germany

Series Model Variants
• B.234 - Base Series Designation
• B.234-IV

Supported Weapon Systems
Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition