BERNHARD C.F. KLEIN COLLECTION
No. 7695. Wibault Wib 210 C1 French Air Force
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Wibault Wib 210 C1

09/30/2011. Designed to meet the requirements of a 1928 C1 (Avion monoplace de chasse) program, the Wib 210 discarded Marcel Wibault's previously preferred parasol wing configuration in favor of that of cantilever low-wing, but adhered to the chasseur léger (light fighter) concept. The STAé (Section Technique de l'Aéronautique) awarded a contract for two prototypes of the Wib 210 powered by the 500 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Hb V-engine and carrying an armament of two synchronized 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machineguns.

Of typical Wibault light alloy construction, the Wib 210 was flown for the first time at Villacoublay during the second half of April 1929, encountering severe oscillation in the rear fuselage and tail assembly. After modification, flight test was resumed at the end of May, but it was ascertained that, at speeds in excess of 217 mph (350 kmh) which could be achieved easily in a shallow dive, the aircraft vibrated excessively, flight test reports being unfavorable in general and development being abandoned.

Created April 30, 2008