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Czechoslovakia's Letov S.328 reconnaissance

Design

Finland requested an all around reconnaissance plane and Letov designed the S.328 for them in 1932 / 1933. The contract wasn't finalized and the Czechoslovakian government ordered 445.

The S.328 was a two seater with a frame made of metal and a composite cover.

Prototype

The S 328 F prototype was ready in 1933.

Production

  • Letov S.328: 445
  • Letov S 328 N: 13
  • ? seaplane: 4
  • Total: 445
    • Manufacturer: Letov
  • Letov S 428: 1 prototype

Variants

  • Letov S.328:
  • Letov S 328 F: Developed for Finland. Had Pegasus IIM-2 (580 HP) engine.
  • Letov S 328 N: Night fighter. Four 0.303" / 7.7 mm forward firing machine guns.
  • ?: Seaplane.
  • Letov S 428: Had Avia Vr-36 (650 HP) engine. Four forward firing machine guns.

Usage

The Letov S.328 was used as a light bomber and reconnaissance plane.

Czechoslovakian Air Force

The Letov S.328 was in use by the Czechoslovakian Air Force from 1934 to 1939.

Luftwaffe Use

The Letov S.328s were confiscated by the Luftwaffe and used as trainers and were used until 1944.

Bulgaria

The Bulgarians received some of the Letov S.328s from Germany.

Specifications

  Letov S.328
Type Bomber, Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Bristol Pegasus II M.2
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
HP 560, 635
Dimensions  
Span 44' 11" , 44' 11.4"
13.7 m
Length 34' 1", 34' 1.4"
10.4 m
Height 11' 1.9", 11' 2"
3.4 m
Wing area 722.28 sq ft
67.1 sq m
Weight  
Empty 3,704 lb
1,680 kg
Loaded 5,820 lb, 5,897 lb
2,675 kg
Performance  
Speed at 5,905' / 1,800 m 174 mph
280 kph
Speed at 9,800' 174 mph
Service ceiling 23,600', 23,620'
7,200 m
Range 435 miles
700 km
Armament  
Upper wing 2: MG, 0.303" / 7.7 mm MG
Observer / Cockpit - Rear 2: MG, 0.303" / 7.7 mm MG
Bombs 1,102 lb
500 kg

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site