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.
Wingspan 12.7 m (41 ft 7 in)[2] [note 1]
Engine 400hp Liberty 12
Armament 2× fixed sync. Marlins
2× flexible rear Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 212 km/h (132 mph)[1][2]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 1:35[2]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 4:24[2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 9:48[2]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 17:30[2]
Ceiling 6,100 m (20,000 ft)[2]

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.

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Notes
  1. Most of the early test batch used wings of span 11.9 m (39 ft).[2]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
Bibliography
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.