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Bleriot Bleriot-XXXIX

Страна: Франция

Год: 1913

Bleriot - Bleriot-XLIV / Bleriot-XLV - 1913 - Франция<– –>Bleriot - hydro-monoplane - 1913 - Франция


L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)


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Журнал Flight


Flight, December 20, 1913.

THE PARIS AERO SALON - 1913.

BLERIOT.

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  One of the other machines, of which only the fuselage is shown, is also of the monocoque type, but differs from the one just described in that it is a single-seater. The front portion from the nose of the fuselage to a point behind the pilot's seat is armoured with 3 mm. thick chrome nickel steel. During some experiments carried out it was found that rifle bullets fired from a distance of 400 yds. either glanced off or made but a small dent in the armour, while it was found that the rear wooden portion of the fuselage could be pierced with a great number of bullets without impairing the strength of that structure, so that for military purposes this machine ought to provide comparative safety for the pilot without necessitating flying at a very great altitude. Naturally the armour makes the machine heavier, and as a matter of fact the weight of the armour has been found to be equal to that of a passenger; hence the reason for making the machine a single-seater with the same engine.
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L.Opdyke - French Aeroplanes Before the Great War /Schiffer/
The Type XXXIX armored single-seater of 1913.
Журнал - Flight за 1913 г.
Chassis and engine mounting of the Bleriot monocoque. On the right a view of the armoured nose.