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Breguet Br.5

France (1915)
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The Breguet Br.5 French biplane served as a principle night bomber from 1916 through 1917.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Breguet Br.5 Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane.  Entry last updated on 1/18/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Breguet Br.5 series of biplane bomber was developed from the Breguet Br.4. The Br.5 was operated by a crew of two with the pilot seated in the middle of the aircraft and the gunner/observer to the front. Defensive armament consisted of a single 7.7mm machine gun in a standard role but this could be supplanted by a more formidable 37mm cannon, particularly when in the bomber escort role.

The Br.5 was powered by a Renault 220 horsepower engine whilst some were fielded with a Rolls-Royce brand of 250 horsepower known as the "Eagle". The engine sat behind the crew area - directly behind the pilot in fact - and was of the "pusher" type, powering a two-blade propeller system. Design was of a utilitarian type with a simple bathtub-like fuselage, a static tricycle landing gear array and framework and cables leading out to the empennage. A single vertical tail surface completed the design.

In action, the Br.5 was fielded primarily as a night time bomber and used by both the French and English forces alike from 1916-1917 though it first appeared in the summer of 1915.

Any available statistics for the Breguet Br.5 Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane 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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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: France
Year: 1915
Type: Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane
Manufacturer(s): Breguet Aviation - France
Production: 100
Global Operators:
France; United Kingdom
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 Breguet Br.5 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
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Personnel
2

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Renault engine developing 220 horsepower OR 1 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engine developing 250 horsepower.

Performance
CEILING


Feet
11,483 ft


Meters
3,500 m


Miles
2.17 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

1 x 7.7mm machine gun OR 1 x 37mm cannon in forward observer/gunner position.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Br.5 - Base Series Designation
• Br.5B2 - Base bomber variant
• Br.5Ca.2 - Escort Fighter; outfitted with cannon armament.
• Grahame White GW.19 - Production by Grahame White for British RNAS service; Rolls-Royce Falcon engine featured; 25 examples completed.
• Br.6 - Fitted with Canton-Unne engines
• Br.6B2 - Base Bomber Variant
• Br.6Ca.2 - Escort Fighter with cannon armament
• Br.12 - Night-fighter form
• Br.12B2 - Night bomb platform
• Br.12Ca.2 - Night-fighter with cannon armament