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Aero Ae.02

Czechoslovakia (1920)
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The Aero Ae.02 marked the first all-Czech-designed biplane fighter in its history - only one flyable prototype was completed.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Aero Ae.02 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Czechoslovakia was formed from part of the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire towards the end of World War 1 (1914-1918) and managed an existence until its dissolution in 1992. Between that span the country had a respectable aero-industry and its first homegrown fighter aircraft became the Aero Ae.02. Its design was attributed to Antonin Husnik and Antonin Vlasak with construction handled by Aero Tovarna Letadel (Vodochody). Prior to this, Aero's experience was tied to the Austro-Hungarian Hansa-Bradenburg B.I trainer of 1919.

The Ae.02 benefitted from experiences gained by the major air powers of World War 1. It utilized a streamlined fuselage and an upper and lower wing (unequal span) assembly braced by a simplified I-strut arrangement. The strut and wing arrangement created single bays to each side of the fuselage. Ailerons were featured along the upper wing members only and the wings themselves were fabric-covered wood appendages. Internally, duralumin alloy was used to make up the aircraft's load-bearing framework. The engine was held at a forward compartment in the traditional way and drove a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose. The undercarriage was fixed in flight and wheeled at the main leg members. The tail utilized a traditional single-finned arrangement.

Proposed armament became 2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. Beyond this there was no bomb-carrying capability built-in.

Dimensions amounted to a length of 17.10 feet, a wingspan of 27 feet and a height of 8.9 feet. Empty weight was 1,200lb against an MTOW of 1,910lb. Power was from a single Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V8 water-cooled inline piston engine generating 220 horsepower.

Josef Novak was at the controls of the prototype Ae.02 when it first went to the air in 1920. Beyond a 1st place finish in 1921 at the 1st International Flying Meeting (hosted by Czechoslovakia), the Ae.02 saw very little commercial success for it was not adopted for military service even by the local air force. Instead, attention turned to its evolved successor - the Ae.04 - leaving the sole Ae.02 prototype to the pages of aviation history.

Any available statistics for the Aero Ae.02 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype 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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (140mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Czechoslovakia
Year: 1920
Type: Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Aero Vodochody (Aero) - Czechoslovakia
Production: 1
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
Czechoslovakia (cancelled)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aero Ae.02 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
17.88 ft


Meters
5.45 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
27.07 ft


Meters
8.25 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.86 ft


Meters
2.7 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,202 lb


Kilograms
545 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,907 lb


Kilograms
865 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V8 liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 220 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
140 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
225 kph


Knots
121 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
124 mi


Kilometers
200 km


Nautical Miles
108 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,685 ft


Meters
6,000 m


Miles
3.73 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
565 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
172 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Ae.02 - Base Series Designation