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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.

Any available statistics for the Breguet Br.19 Light Day Bomber / Trainer 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).
Breguet Br.19 Specifications
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Year: 1923
Type: Light Day Bomber / Trainer Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Breguet Aviation - France
Production: 2,700
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 29.17 ft (8.89 m)
Width: 48.56 ft (14.80 m)
Height: 12.14 ft (3.70 m)
Empty Weight: 3,272 lb (1,484 kg)
MTOW: 5,093 lb (2,310 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Renault 12Kc water-cooled inline engine developing 550 horsepower.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 149 mph (239 kph; 129 kts)
Maximum Range: 497 mi (800 km; 432 nm)
Service Ceiling: 25,591 ft (7,800 m; 4.85 mi)

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

1,543 lb (700 kg) of external ordnance

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

Series 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

Supported Weapon Systems
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