The Breguet Br.5 French biplane served as a principle night bomber from 1916 through 1917.
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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.
Status Retired, Out-of-Service
[ 100 Units ] : Breguet Aviation - France
France; United Kingdom
- Ground Attack
32.48 ft (9.9 m)
57.41 ft (17.5 m)
12.80 ft (3.9 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Breguet Br.5 production model)
2,976 lb (1,350 kg)
4,189 lb (1,900 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Breguet Br.5 production model)
1 x Renault engine developing 220 horsepower OR 1 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engine developing 250 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller in "pusher" arrangement at rear of fuselage.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Breguet Br.5 production model)
84 mph (135 kph; 73 kts)
14,108 feet (4,300 m; 2.67 miles)
435 miles (700 km; 378 nm)
235 ft/min (72 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Breguet Br.5 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
1 x 7.7mm machine gun OR 1 x 37mm cannon in forward observer/gunner position.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Breguet Br.5 production model)
Br.5 - Base Series Designation
Br.5 B2 - Base bomber variant
Br.5 Ca.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.6 B2 - Base Bomber Variant
Br.6 Ca.2 - Escort Fighter with cannon armament
Br.12 - Night-fighter form
Br.12 B2 - Night bomb platform
Br.12 Ca.2 - Night-fighter with cannon armament
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