Le Père LUSAC 11

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LUSAC 11
PACKARD-LePERE LUSAC 11.JPG
Role Reconnaissance/Bomber
Manufacturer Packard
Designer G. Le Père
First flight Sept 1918 [1]
Introduction postwar
Primary user US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A.
Number built 27[2][note 1]
Wingspan 12.7 m (41 ft 7 in)[3][4] [note 2]
Engine 400hp Liberty 12A
Armament 2× fixed sync. Marlins
2× flexible rear Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 212 km/h (132 mph)[1][3][4]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 1:35[3]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 4:24[3]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 9:48[3]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 17:30[3]
Ceiling 6,100 m (20,000 ft)[3][4]
Range 510 km (320 mi)[4]

Capitaine G. Le Père, an aircraft designer on loan from the French, designed the LUSAC 11 for the US Army, centered on the 400hp Liberty engine. "LUSAC" stood for "Le Père U.S. Army Combat". The plane was robust, fast, maneuverable, and well-armed, and it would have been a potent weapon had the war continued. Thirty of them were undergoing evaluation when the war ended, and though there were changes need to the fuel feed and cooling, pilots thought the plane was quite promising.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Packard-Le_Père_LUSAC-11.

References

Notes
  1. 4500 were commissioned, but only two reached the front for operational trials.[2]
  2. Most of the early test batch used wings of span 11.9 m (39 ft).[3]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Angelucci, p.61.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.51.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.