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Wibault

Société des Avions Michel Wibault
Industry Aeronautics, defence
Fate Merged
Founded 1919
Founder Michel Wibault
Headquarters Billancourt, France, France
Products Aircraft
Wibault 3
Wibault 74

The Wibault company or Société des Avions Michel Wibault was a French aircraft manufacturing company. Its workshops were located in Billancourt, in the Paris area.[1][2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Aircraft 2
    • Significant projects 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

The Wibault company was established in 1919 by Michel Wibault.[3] The planes produced by Wibault in the first decade included reconnaissance, fighter and bomber aircraft, but production shifted mainly to civilian aircraft after 1930.[1]

Some of the Wibault designs were quite successful; the Vickers Wibault was a licensed version of the Wibault 7 built by the British company Vickers in the 1920s.[4]

In 1930 Société des Avions Michel Wibault built the Wibault-Penhoët 280, which was funded by the Penhoët (Chantiers St. Nazairre) shipyard and the following year the companies merged to form Chantiers Aéronautiques Wibault-Penhoët. Thet produced the Wibault-Penhoët 280 series of trimotor airliners, twelve of which were bought by Air France. They also built transport and racing types but in 1934 were taken over by Breguet Aviation who built several Wibault designs including the Breguet 670 twin-engined airliner.[5]

Aircraft

Significant projects

  • Wibault 4 heavy bomber project (no data)
  • Wibault 5 single-seat parasol-wing fighter project, submitted to C.1 1923
  • Wibault 6 two-seat parasol-wing fighter derivative of Wibault 5
  • Wibault 11 single-seat fighter project powered by one 500 hp engine, for C.1 1923
  • Wibault 14 two-seat parasol wing tourist aircraft project
  • Wibault 14H a floatplane version of Wibault 14
  • Wibault 15 single-seat fighter project to C.1 1926 contest
  • Wibault 160 Trombe II a more powerful version of Wibault 130 Trombe I, also for C.1 1926
  • Wibault 230 three-engined transport aircraft project (no data)
  • Wibault 270 single-seat lightweight fighter project for C.1 1928
  • Wibault 330 transport aircraft (no more details)
  • Wibault 340 two-seat low-wing tourist aircraft project

References

  1. ^ a b Aviafrance Wibault
  2. ^ Jean Liron, La SFCA – Avions Maillet-Taupin-Lignel, Aviation Magazine International no. 817-828, 1982
  3. ^ Crezan Aviation
  4. ^ Andrews, E.N. and Morgan, E.B. Vickers Aircraft Since 1908, Second edition. London: Putnam, 1988. ISBN 0-85177-815-1.
  5. ^ Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopaedia of Aircraft Manufacturers: from the pioneers to the present day. Sparkford, Somerset: Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 318.  

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • 1933 Fin des Wibault & Nid 622
  • AIR FRANCE : La Saga
  • Breguet-Wibault 670
  • Breguet-Wibault 670T 1935
  • Douchy Gustave, Wibault test pilot
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