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No. 12661. Breda Ba 27 Nationalist Chinese Air Force
Photograph from Musée de l'Air

Breda Ba 27

12/29/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Ba 27 was a monoplane fighter with a strut- and wire-braced wooden wing mounted low on the fuselage which was made of welded steel tubes. The wing supported the nicely spatted main units of the fixed tailskid landing gear. Three prototypes were built, and all made their first flights in 1934. The first two were powered by the Bristol Jupiter IV radial piston engine (license-built by Alfa-Romeo) and installed inside a short-chord Townend ring cowling, and these two aircraft had a slab-sided fuselage and an open cockpit located behind the trailing edge of the low-set wing.

The third prototype was powered by a Mercury VI radial piston engine installed inside a longer-chord cowling, and had a more rounded fuselage together with a cockpit set farther forward in a position where downward fields of vision were improved by cut-outs in the root trailing edges. This last prototype was considered the definitive model, but failed to elicit an Italian order. In its definitive form with a rounded fuselage, the Ba 27 had something of the Boeing P-26 fighter's appearance but was in fact inspired by another American aeroplane, the Travel Air Model R. Armament consisted of two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machineguns.

No orders for the plane were forthcoming until the Chinese government placed an order for eighteen aircraft of which only eleven were delivered in 1937. The type apparently fared badly against Japanese fighters."

Created December 29, 2014