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Breguet Br.5

Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane

Breguet Br.5

Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane

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HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Breguet Br.5 French biplane served as a principle night bomber from 1916 through 1917.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 1915
MANUFACTURER(S): Breguet Aviation - France
PRODUCTION: 100
OPERATORS: France; United Kingdom
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Breguet Br.5 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
ENGINE: 1 x Renault engine developing 220 horsepower OR 1 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engine developing 250 horsepower.
CEILING: 11,483 feet (3,500 meters; 2.17 miles)




ARMAMENT



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


HISTORY



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.




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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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100

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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