Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919
THE BREGUET BIPLANE, TYPE 17 C.2.
Type of machine Breguet Biplane.
Name or type No. of machine 17 C.2.
Purpose for which Intended Two-seat Fighter.
Span 14.280 metres.
Overall length 8.1 m.
Maximum height 3.42 m.
Total surface of wings 45.3 sq. m.
Engine type and h.p. 450 h.p. Renault.
Speed low down 225 kms. per hour.
To 5,000 m in 24 mins. 51 secs.
Ceiling at 7,000 metres.
Armament: Twin synchronised guns in front;
two guns aft.
One gun firing below fuselage.
W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters
BREGUET TYPE 17 France
The Type 17 two-seat fighter was developed from the classic Type 14 bomber, and resembled the latter in both structure and appearance, but was both more powerful and more compact. Powered by a 420 hp Renault 12K 12-cylinder water-cooled engine, the Type 17 was a two-bay biplane and a prototype appeared in the summer of 1918. Armament comprised two fixed forward-firing 7,7-mm Vickers guns and twin Lewis guns of the same calibre on a T.O.3 mount for the observer. Provision for an additional Lewis gun was made, this to fire downwards and rearwards through a trap in the fuselage floor. Official trials resulted in a request for modifications, new wings and a 450 hp Renault 12K1 engine being fitted. Limited production was undertaken as the Bre 17 C2, this having increased span wings with horn-balanced ailerons of reduced chord. Armament was unchanged and the Type 17 remained in service until the mid 'twenties.
Max speed, 135 mph (218 km/h) at 6,560 ft (2 000 m), 132 mph (213 km/h) at 9,840 ft (3 000 m).
Time to 6,560 ft (2 000 m), 5.75 min.
Loaded weight, 4,056 lb (1840 kg).
Span, 46 ft 10 in (14,28 m).
Length, 26 ft 7 in (8,10 m).
Height, 11 ft 2 1/2 in (3,42 m).
Wing area, 487.6 sqft (45,30 m2).
Flight, August 28, 1919.
THE E.L.T.A. SHOW
The French Section
At the time of writing, the aircraft industry of our gallant ally France is represented by two machines only, a very ancient type of Caudron, and a military type Breguet, of the type used so extensively during the War. It is somewhat of a disappointment that French aviation is not more fully represented, and we trust that before the exhibition closes this will be remedied.
THE MESSAGERIES AERIENNES
which is a combine of the French firms of Bleriot, Breguet, Caudron and Morane, show two machines.
The Breguet machine is a two-seater fighter of the XVII C2 type, and is shown as such, with a full complement of machine guns, a very full one, in fact, for it carries, we believe, no less than five machine guns. The engine fitted is a 450 h.p. 12-cylinder Renault water-cooled, with the radiator placed in the nose of the fuselage. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the Breguet is the wing bracing, which is so arranged as to have no inter-plane lift wires in the inner bay, the place of these being taken by wires running from the bottom of the undercarriage to the foot of the inter-plane struts. The landing wires in this bay run from the top of the fuselage to the base of the first pair of inter-plane struts. The lift bracing consists of stranded cables, while the landing wires are of the Rafwire type. The Breguet is credited with the following performance :-
2,000 metres in 5 mins. 45 secs.
4,000 metres in 14 mins.
6,000 metres in 31 mins.
Ceiling 7,500 metres.
At ground level 221 kiloms. per hour
At 2,000 metres 218
At 4,000 207
At 6,000 180
Flight, December 25, 1919.
SOME FRENCH MACHINES AT THE SHOW
Societe Louis Breguet
THIS firm is showing three complete machines and one very interesting power unit. One machine is a military two-seater fighter of the famous C 2 XVII type. A seaplane of the A 2 XIV type is also shown, as well as a transport machine of the "Berline" type, XVIII T. This machine, which is a development of the Breguet night bomber, carries six passengers, in addition to the pilot. The engine is a 450 h.p. Renault, with which the machine is capable of a speed, at low altitudes, of 160 kilometres per hour (99 m.p.h.), and a climb of 10,000 ft. in 40 mins. The range is four hours at full throttle, or about 400 miles.
The power unit to which reference has already been made, consists of a novel transmission gear, by means of which the power of four engines of 200 h.p. each is transmitted to a single shaft on which is mounted the airscrew.