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Aero A.12


Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft (1923)


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Front right side view of the Aero A-12 biplane fighter

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The Aero A.12 emerged as a post-World War 1 aircraft design utilizing experience garnered in The Great War and replaced the successful Aero A.11.



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The Aero A.12 was designed specifically to succeed the company's previous biplane effort - the A.11. The A.11 appeared in the early 1920s and was produced in some 440 examples to be operated by the air arms of both Czechoslovakia and Finland. The type was of a basic design, featuring a biplane wing assembly and tandem seating for the pilot and observer/rear gunner with a front-mounted engine. The A.11 saw production during World War 1 and in the years following. The A.12 was essentially a improved form fulfilling the same functional roles of reconnaissance and light bombing. Production of the type was limited in a world that was still reeling and recovering from the First World War. Production figures below are estimated.

Externally, the A.12 mimicked much of the lines found on the A.11. The biplane wings were of uneven span with single bays. The engine - an air-cooled radial piston powerplant - was fitted to a front compartment and powered a two-bladed wooden propeller set low in the nose. The fuselage was slab-sided with curved edges making the A.12 a rather clean design. The pilot saw in an open-air position just below the upper wing assembly and aft of the engine. To his rear was the circular, open-air position for the rear observer, machine gunner. A ring mount was provided to hold a trainable .303 inch Lewis type machine gun or two. The pilow managed a single .303 inch Vickers machine gun in a fixed, forward-firing emplacement. All told, this provided the A.12 with enough offensive and defensive prowess for the time. Light bombs could be affixed under the wings for the light bombing role. The undercarriage of a typical design for the time, made up of two main landing gear wheels supported by multiple struts under the center portion of the wingspan - helping to displace the overall weight of the aircraft when at rest. The tail section was supported along the ground by a simple tail skid. The empennage was conventional, featuring a single, rounded vertical tail fin and a pair of applicable horizontal planes.

Specifications



Service Year
1923

Origin
Czechoslovakia national flag graphic
Czechoslovakia

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
2

Production
100
UNITS


Aero Vodochody - Czechoslovakia
National flag of Czechia Czechoslovakia
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


Length
27.2 ft
(8.30 m)
Width/Span
42.0 ft
(12.80 m)
Height
10.2 ft
(3.10 m)
Empty Wgt
2,381 lb
(1,080 kg)
MTOW
3,389 lb
(1,537 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,008 lb
(+457 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Aero A.12 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Air-cooled radial piston engine.
Max Speed
125 mph
(201 kph | 109 kts)
Ceiling
24,606 ft
(7,500 m | 5 mi)
Range
472 mi
(760 km | 1,408 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
683 ft/min
(208 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Aero A.12 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
1 x .303 caliber Vickers machine gun in forward-fixed mount.
1 OR 2 x .303 caliber Lewis machine guns in rear trainable cockpit mount.

Unknown external ordnance load.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2


A.12 - Base Series Designation


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