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Used throughout the war, the innovative Bréguet Br.14 was a highly successful biplane used by the French, Belgian and American air services. Designed by Louis Bréguet in 1916, it was one of the first aircraft constructed with duralumin in the airframe. Rugged and versatile, it was mass produced in several variations, including a seaplane model. Before the end of the war, the Bréguet Br.14 saw service as a reconnaissance aircraft, a day/night bomber and an air ambulance.
 
Bréguet Br.14 Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: SA des Ateliers d'Aviation Louis Bréguet
Type: Bomber (B2) and Reconnaissance (A2)
Entered Service: Summer of 1917
Number Built: About 5,500 during World War I
Engine(s): Renault 12 Fox, 12 cylinder, liquid cooled inline V, 300 hp
Wing Span: 47 ft 1¼ in (14.36 m)
Length: 29 ft (8.87 m)
Height: 10 ft 10 in (3.3 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 3,892 lb (1,765 kg)
Max Speed: 110 mph (177 km/h) at 6,560 ft (2,000 m)
Ceiling: 19,030 ft (5,800 m)
Endurance: 2¾ hours
Crew: 2
Armament: 2-3 machine guns
661 lb (300 kg) of bombs
 
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