NICO BRAAS COLLECTION
No. 7407. Lioré et Olivier LeO H-46
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Lioré et Olivier LeO H-46

02/28/2008. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "This float-plane bomber intended for the French Navy was flown for the first time in May 1936 with test pilot Lucien Bourdin at the controls. The prototype was powered by two 870 hp Gnome-Rhone 14 Knrs double-row 14-cylinder radial engines, the production version was to be fitted with 1,000 hp engines.

However, a major mishap took place at l’Etang de Vaine, near Marseille in 1938, and the aircraft was severely damaged. Costly time-consuming repairs and a change of priorities and policies led to the abandonment of this naval bomber."






Created February 28, 2008