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Aero Ae.02

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype

Czechoslovakia | 1920

"The Aero Ae.02 marked the first all-Czech-designed biplane fighter in its history - only one flyable prototype was completed."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aero Ae.02 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.
1 x Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V8 liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 220 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
140 mph
225 kph | 121 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
124 miles
200 km | 108 nm
Operational Range
565 ft/min
172 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aero Ae.02 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.
17.9 ft
5.45 m
O/A Length
27.1 ft
(8.25 m)
O/A Width
8.9 ft
(2.70 m)
O/A Height
1,202 lb
(545 kg)
Empty Weight
1,907 lb
(865 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aero Ae.02 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype .
2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Notable series variants as part of the Aero Ae.02 family line.
Ae.02 - Base Series Designation
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Czechoslovakia was formed from part of the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire towards the end of World War 1 (1914-1918) and managed an existence until its dissolution in 1992. Between that span the country had a respectable aero-industry and its first homegrown fighter aircraft became the Aero Ae.02. Its design was attributed to Antonin Husnik and Antonin Vlasak with construction handled by Aero Tovarna Letadel (Vodochody). Prior to this, Aero's experience was tied to the Austro-Hungarian Hansa-Bradenburg B.I trainer of 1919.

The Ae.02 benefitted from experiences gained by the major air powers of World War 1. It utilized a streamlined fuselage and an upper and lower wing (unequal span) assembly braced by a simplified I-strut arrangement. The strut and wing arrangement created single bays to each side of the fuselage. Ailerons were featured along the upper wing members only and the wings themselves were fabric-covered wood appendages. Internally, duralumin alloy was used to make up the aircraft's load-bearing framework. The engine was held at a forward compartment in the traditional way and drove a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose. The undercarriage was fixed in flight and wheeled at the main leg members. The tail utilized a traditional single-finned arrangement.

Proposed armament became 2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. Beyond this there was no bomb-carrying capability built-in.

Dimensions amounted to a length of 17.10 feet, a wingspan of 27 feet and a height of 8.9 feet. Empty weight was 1,200lb against an MTOW of 1,910lb. Power was from a single Hispano-Suiza 8Ba V8 water-cooled inline piston engine generating 220 horsepower.

Josef Novak was at the controls of the prototype Ae.02 when it first went to the air in 1920. Beyond a 1st place finish in 1921 at the 1st International Flying Meeting (hosted by Czechoslovakia), the Ae.02 saw very little commercial success for it was not adopted for military service even by the local air force. Instead, attention turned to its evolved successor - the Ae.04 - leaving the sole Ae.02 prototype to the pages of aviation history.

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Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Aero Vodochody (Aero) - Czechoslovakia
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