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Levasseur-Abrial A-1

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Levasseur-Abrial A-1

DesignerGeorges Abrial and Pierre Levasseur
First flight1922
ManufacturerLevasseur
National originFrance
Number built1
RoleGlider

Levasseur-Abrial A-1 was a glider built in 1922 as result of collaboration between French aerodynamicist Georges Abrial de Pega and constructor Pierre Levasseur. A single example was build, which was destroyed on its fourth flight.

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Operational history

Levasseur-Abrial-1 took part in Congres Experimental de Combegrasse, held in August 1922 near Clermont Ferrand at a time when gliding as a sport was just beginning and before the importance of ridge lift or thermals was appreciate. It made three successful downhill flights after rubber Cord launch, longest lasting 117 s. On the fourth attempt, launching Cord foul right wing and glider crash. Its pilot, Henri Pitot, escaped unhurt but the glider was badly damage. The wing survived well enough to be on display on Levasseur stand at Paris Salon in November 1922. Its covering was partially removed to show a lightweight structure.

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Levasseur PL.2 zero.

101 was a modernized version of Levasseur PL. 10, carrier-base reconnaissance plane first flew on the aircraft carrier Bearn in 1931. PL. 101 modernization took place in 1935, and these aircraft replace earlier models in this role. These aircraft were simple, three-seat biplane, with open cockpit and equal-length wings. Armament consists of one fix forward-firing 7. 5mm machine gun and ring mount in rear canopy containing one or two 7. 5mm machine guns for defense, and 60kg bombs could be carried beneath wings. Pierre Levasseur then made attempts to refine his design into a carrier-base torpedo bomber, resulting in PL. 107, first flown in 1937, and PL. 108, first flown in 1939. These modifications include enclosed canopy, gull-wing replacement of lower wing instead of straight one, more powerful engines, and the ability to carry torpedoes. Both designs were rejected by Aeronavale, and development halt. In-game, PL. 107 and PL. 108 would be exactly what the title claims, French Swordfish. They would be fun biplane torpedo bombers and useful on water maps or in naval battles. PL. 101 is mostly suggested for historical context, but it is at the edge of viable in the game. I would suggest adding these aircraft with twin-gun turrets to give them a bit of different flair compared to other low-tier light bombers and give them overall rather formidable defense for their tier. Information on PL. 107 and PL. 108 is very scarce, I'm in the market for anything more anyone can find. Maximum Speed: 220 kmh. 235 kmh, 266 kmh

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