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Breguet Br.5

Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane

France | 1916

"The Breguet Br.5 French biplane served as a principle night bomber from 1916 through 1917."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Breguet Br.5 Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane.
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.
84 mph
135 kph | 73 kts
Max Speed
14,108 ft
4,300 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
435 miles
700 km | 378 nm
Operational Range
235 ft/min
72 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Breguet Br.5 Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane.
32.5 ft
9.90 m
O/A Length
57.4 ft
(17.50 m)
O/A Width
12.8 ft
(3.90 m)
O/A Height
2,976 lb
(1,350 kg)
Empty Weight
4,189 lb
(1,900 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Breguet Br.5 Bomber / Escort Fighter / Night-Fighter Biplane .
1 x 7.7mm machine gun OR 1 x 37mm cannon in forward observer/gunner position.
Notable series variants as part of the Breguet Br.5 family line.
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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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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Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): Breguet Aviation - France
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