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Aero Ae.02

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype

Aero Ae.02

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype

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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Aero Ae.02 marked the first all-Czech-designed biplane fighter in its history - only one flyable prototype was completed.
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ORIGIN: Czechoslovakia
YEAR: 1920
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Aero Vodochody (Aero) - Czechoslovakia
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Czechoslovakia (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aero Ae.02 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 17.88 feet (5.45 meters)
WIDTH: 27.07 feet (8.25 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.86 feet (2.7 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,202 pounds (545 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,907 pounds (865 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V8 liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 220 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 140 miles-per-hour (225 kilometers-per-hour; 121 knots)
RANGE: 124 miles (200 kilometers; 108 nautical miles)
CEILING: 19,685 feet (6,000 meters; 3.73 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 565 feet-per-minute (172 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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


HISTORY



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.




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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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