Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Renard R.30

National originBelgium
First flight1931
Number built1

The Renard R.30 was a prototype trimotor airliner built in Belgium in 1931.[1] It was a strut-braced high-wing monoplane of conventional design with a fully enclosed flight deck and separate passenger compartment.[2] One engine was mounted on the nose, while the other two were mounted on the leading edges of the wings.[2] Construction was metal throughout, skinned in plywood and fabric.[2]

The R.30 was designed in response to a Belgian government requirement of 1929 for a long-range passenger transport aircraft to service Belgian Congo.[2] The design met the specifications laid down, but by the time it flew in 1931, it was judged already obsolete.[2] The single prototype, registered OO-AMK, was the only example built.[2]

[edit] Specifications

Data from "Trimoteur R-30"

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots

  • Capacity: 4 passengers

  • Length: 10.00 m (32 ft 10 in)

  • Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)

  • Height: 3.40 m (11 ft 2 in)

  • Wing area: 34 m² (366 ft²)

  • Empty weight: 1,550 kg (3,410 lb)

  • Gross weight: 2,290 kg (5.040 lb)

  • Powerplant: 3 × Renard radials, 90 kW (120 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 209 km/h (131 mph)

  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

  • Rate of climb: 4.4 m/s (860 ft/min)

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ Taylor 1989, p.758

  2. ^ a b c d e f "Renard R-30"

[edit] References

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