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Aero A.12


Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft


Czechoslovakia | 1923



"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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aero A.12 Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft.
1 x Air-cooled radial piston engine.
Propulsion
125 mph
201 kph | 109 kts
Max Speed
24,606 ft
7,500 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
472 miles
760 km | 410 nm
Operational Range
683 ft/min
208 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aero A.12 Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
27.2 ft
8.30 m
O/A Length
42.0 ft
(12.80 m)
O/A Width
10.2 ft
(3.10 m)
O/A Height
2,381 lb
(1,080 kg)
Empty Weight
3,389 lb
(1,537 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aero A.12 Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft .
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.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Aero A.12 family line.
A.12 - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Aero A.12. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

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

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (125mph).

Graph Average of 113 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
100
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Image of the Aero A.12
Front right side view of the Aero A-12 biplane fighter

Mission Roles
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