NICO BRAAS COLLECTION
No. 4330. Avia B 34/1 Czechoslovakian Air Force
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Avia B 34/1

09/30/2012. The B 34, designed by Ing. Frantisek Novotny, owed nothing to previous Avia single-seat fighters, and was an all-metal fabric-covered single-bay biplane powered by a 740 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Nbr twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Flown for the first time in 1932 by Vaclav Koci, the B 34 initially proved disappointing and the prototype was promptly returned to the factory for modifications, re-emerging as the B 34/1 with a new propeller, a redesigned engine cowling in which the face of the underslung radiator bath was cut back, and redesigned vertical tail surfaces.

With these changes flight testing was resumed, and a production batch of twelve B 34 fighters was ordered for the Czechoslovak air arm. The production B 34 embodied further redesign of the vertical tail surfaces, which were enlarged, and other changes by comparison with the prototype, including narrower-chord interplane bracing struts and the discarding of the streamlined mainwheel fairings. Power was provided by an Avia (Skoda) Vr 30 (licence-built Hispano-Suiza 12Nbr) rated at 760 hp for take-off, and armament comprised two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) fuselage-mounted Mk 28 machine guns.

Created June 15, 2005