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Breguet Br.5

France (1915)

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 ©

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

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).
Breguet Br.5 Specifications
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Year: 1915
Type: Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane
Manufacturer(s): Breguet Aviation - France
Production: 100
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

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

Standard Day Performance
Service Ceiling: 11,483 ft (3,500 m; 2.17 mi)

1 x 7.7mm machine gun OR 1 x 37mm cannon in forward observer/gunner position.

Operators List
France; United Kingdom

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

Supported Weapon Systems
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