Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Small Arms Warships & Submarines Military Ranks Military Pay Scale (2024) Special Forces

Aero A.18

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter

Czechoslovakia | 1923

"Despite origins in the early 1920s, the Aero A.18 was only retired in 1939 on account of the German invasion of Czechoslovakia."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aero A.18 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter.
1 x BMW IIIa 6-cylidner water-cooled inline piston engine developing 185 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
143 mph
230 kph | 124 kts
Max Speed
29,528 ft
9,000 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
249 miles
400 km | 216 nm
Operational Range
1,930 ft/min
588 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aero A.18 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter.
19.4 ft
5.90 m
O/A Length
24.9 ft
(7.60 m)
O/A Width
9.4 ft
(2.85 m)
O/A Height
1,411 lb
(640 kg)
Empty Weight
1,907 lb
(865 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aero A.18 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter .
2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Notable series variants as part of the Aero A.18 family line.
A.18 - Base Series Designation

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/21/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Czech-based Aero's first aircraft commitment was post-World War 1 serial production of the Austro-Hungarian Hansa-Brandenburg B.I biplane trainers in 1919. Their next attempt became the first indigenous Czech fighter design in the Aero Ae.02 of 1920. However, no takers meant that only one flyable prototype was completed. This also proved the case with the Ae.04 of 1921, an evolved form of the Ae.02, as low interest led to a single example being completed.

This work did set the stage for the ultimate version of the aircraft series to take form in the Aero A.18 which first-flew in March of 1923. Design was once-again attributed to Antonin Vlasak and Antonin Husnik. The aircraft saw more commercial success than its predecessors as a production batch of 20 were realized before the end. The type would fly for the Czechs until the German invasion of their country in 1939 - long after production had ceased.

The A.18 was the evolved form of the preceding Ae.04 itself and carried a similar biplane wing arrangement. Among this were many hold-over traits of World War 1-era warplanes: an open-air cockpit, fixe undercarriage and mixed construction. The A.18 followed more a requirement from the Czech Army than previous Aero fighter designs and benefitted from the earlier commitment, also being developed alongside the Aero A.19 and A.20 models and showed enough to be selected against these challengers.

The BMW IIIa 6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine of 185 horsepower used in the Ae.04 was retained as was an armament suite of 2 x 7.7mm Vickers Machine Guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. Ailerons were now relocated from their overhanging position along the upper wing to the wing tips proper. The cockpit was positioned aft of the upper wing assembly and given a relatively commanding view over his aircraft. The upper and lower wing members were connected via parallel struts as opposed to the think I-struts of the Ae.04 and Ae.02.

Performance-wise the A.18 could reach a maximum speed of 142 miles per hour with a range out to 250 miles. Its service ceiling was 30,000 feet. Rate-of-climb was 1,930 feet per minute.

From the aforementioned first-flight arrived a contract for twenty aircraft and all went on to serve the Czech Air Force. From this stock two were modified independently as "A.18B" and "A.18C" to serve as racing platforms and these were displayed to great effect during the Czech Aero Club's air races of 1923 and 1924.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Aero A.18. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 20 Units

Contractor(s): Aero Vodochody (Aero) - Czechoslovakia
National flag of Czechia

[ Czechoslovakia ]
1 / 1
Image of the Aero A.18
Image from the Public Domain.

Going Further...
The Aero A.18 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter appears in the following collections:
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks of the World U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols Breakdown U.S. 5-Star Generals List WWII Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing military medals and ribbons. Special Interest: RailRoad Junction, the locomotive encyclopedia.

©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)