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.
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