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ROUSSEL 30

 


Technical Specifications
Type
Mono-seat Fighter  with low wings with retractable landing gear
Date first flight
April 1939
Wingspan
7.75 m
Lenght
6.10 m
Height
2.1 m
Wing Area
10.00 m²
Empty Weight
1030 kg
Max. Takeoff Weight
1765 kg
Cruising Speed
Maximum Speed
520 km/h at 6000 m
Climbing Speed
19 m/s
Service ceilling
Range
2 hours
Crew
1 personne
Motorization
1 Radial Engine Gnôme & Rhône 14M-7 14 Cyl. air cooling of 690 Hp
Armament
2 cannons HS 404 of 20mm in the wings (Planned, but in fact replaced by 20mm Oerlikons)

 


Production

1 single was built

 


Historical

The ROUSSEL 30 bomber fighter was conceived around the concept of the "light fighter", just like the Caudron Cr714. Its design is the result of a private initiative, from M. ROUSSEL, who is none other than the brother of the designer of the Bloch MB150. The production of the prototype is quite fast, as only eight months were required until the first flight in April 1939 on the basis of Etampes. This first flight demonstrates the qualities of the aircraft, which reaches a maximum speed of 520 km / h. It is then entrusted to the CEMA (Center of Test of the Air Equipment) to continue official tests which confirmed its qualities.

Small in size, the ROUSSEL 30 is of metallic structure and is powered by a Gnome-Rhone engine of 690 hp, this one to be eventually replaced by a Gnome-Rhone, 14 M, 800 hp . The aircraft is capable of carrying a 250 kg bomb under its fuselage. The armament of the ROUSSEL 30 is composed of two Hispano-Suiza HS-404 20mm guns, but due to lack of availability of these weapons reserved for first-line planes, it receives two Oerlikon AS of the same caliber of 20 mm.

In front of the advance of the German troops, the ROUSSEL 30 was dismantled and transferred to Bordeaux, where it burned unfortunately in the fire of its hangar.


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