No. 12563. Bernard 60T (F-AKBV)
Photographed in France, 1929, source unknown

Bernard 60T

09/30/2014. Remarks by Ray Watkins: "The Bernard 60T and 61T were the first in a series of attempts to produce a tri-motor transport that could compete with aircraft like the Fokker F.VII-3m.

The prototype Bernard 60T (F-AKBV) was powered by a 450 hp Gnome-Rhone 9Ady Jupiter nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, mounted in the nose of the fuselage, and a pair of 250 hp Gnome-Rhone 5Kd Titan five-cylinder air-cooled radials mounted in the leading edge of the wing. This powerplant fit came about as the intended engines – the 300 hp Gnome-Rhone 7Kdrs Titan-Major seven-cylinder air-cooled radial - had not completed its certification in time. The prototype was subsequently fitted with Gnome-Rhone Titan-Major’s and retained its F-AKBV registration. That aircraft was scrapped and dismantled in 1934.

A metal-framed version of the aircraft, the model 61T, appeared in 1933. This model was also fitted with Gnome-Rhone Titan-Major engines and was given the F-AKBV registration as the earlier one had lapsed in 1934."

Created September 30, 2014