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Breguet Br.19 - France, 1923

Detailing the development and operational history of the Breguet Br.19 Light Day Bomber / Trainer Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 8/30/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Breguet Br.19  
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The Breguet Br.19 model series replaced the outgoing Breguet 14 in service with the French in the years following World War 1.

The French-designed and produced Breguet Br.19 was designed as successor to the stellar Br.14 model line and was developed in parallel with the Br.14. It went on to share many of the same design qualities with its early wartime cousin but included greater attention to aerodynamics. The line was powered by 2 x Lorraine-Dietrich 12D/E or Renault 12K engines.

A first flight was had during March 1922.

The aircraft featured a conventional biplane wing arrangement with I-type struts fitted. The upper wing section was considerably wider in span than the lower and armament ranged between three or four .303-inch machine guns. The fixed wheeled undercarriage included two main legs with heavily reinforced members. The design was intended as a day bomber and was cleared to carry just over 1,500 lb of ordnance.

The Br.19 went on to see combat service in the French colonial wars involving Syria and Morocco during the 1920s and continued to serve in a frontline role until 1934 by which point it was relegated to training duty. Around 2,700 of the series were produced.

Foreign operators beyond France eventually ranged from Argentina and Belgium to Venezuela and Yugoslavia. Some saw service as passenger haulers in civil airspace.

Breguet Br.19 Specifications

Service Year: 1923
Type: Light Day Bomber / Trainer Aircraft
National Origin: France
Manufacturer(s): Breguet Aviation - France
Total Production: 2,700

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 29.17 feet (8.89 meters)
Overall Width: 48.56 feet (14.80 meters)
Overall Height: 12.14 feet (3.70 meters)

Weight (Empty): 3,272 lb (1,484 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 5,093 lb (2,310 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 1 x Renault 12Kc water-cooled inline engine developing 550 horsepower.

Maximum Speed: 129 knots (149 mph; 239 kph)
Maximum Range: 432 nautical miles (497 miles; 800 km)
Service Ceiling: 25,591 feet (7,800 meters; 4.85 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload

3 or 4 x 0.303" machine guns for local defense.

1,543 lb (700 kg) of external ordnance

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Argentina; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Croatia; France; Greece; Italy; Japan; Iran; Poland; Romania; Soviet Union; Spain; Taiwan; Turkey; United Kingdom; Uruguay; Venezuela; Yugoslavia

Model Variants

Br.19 - Base Series Designation
Br.19 A.2 - Spotter Reconnaissance Variant
Br.19 B.2 - Bomber Variant
Br.19GR - Long Range Variant

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