Dewoitine D520




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fighter
one
Hispano-Suiza 12Y
850 h.p.
4,685 lbs.
6,150 lbs.
1- 20 mm
4- 7.5 mm
28 ft. 9 in.
33 ft. 6 in.
332 mph
2,800 fpm
33,600 feet
960 miles
10/2/38
1940

 




 

Dewoitine D520
Dewoitine D520

The Dewoitine D520 was the best French Air Force fighter available when World War II broke out.

Although Dewoitine D520 fighters were greatly outnumbered, they downed some 147 front line Luftwaffe aircraft before the French surrender.

The Vichy used Dewoitine D520 aircraft against the Allies exclusively in both North Africa and Syria.

The aircraft continued to be produced under the Vichy government. Axis allies received supplies of the aircraft.

Dewoitine D520 aircraft downed a number of Allied aircraft over Syria during the 1941 campaign.

In 1942 they again saw action against the Allies while supporting the landings in Northern Africa.

The Luftwaffe used the Dewoitine D520 as an advanced training aircraft.

Interestingly, the Dewoitine D520 switched sides after D-Day when Allies again used it.

The French fighters continued in operation until 1953.

A total of some 900 Dewoitine D520 aircraft of all types were produced.

 

RC Dewoitine D520
RC Dewoitine D520

Pictured right above is the RC Dewoitine D520 from a kit for sale from Manzano Laser Works. It was designed by Tom van Haaren. Wingspan is 45 in. and length is 35 in. The 1/9 scale radio control airplane needs a Speed 600 size brushless motor for motivation. Ready to fly weight is approximately 3 lbs.

There are Traplet plans for a slope soaring RC Dewoitine D520 . It is designed by Paul Janssen and has a wingspan of 46 3/4 in. with a weight of 42 oz. Controls are ailerons, elevator, and rudder.

Jerry Bates Plans has a RC Dewoitine D520. The 1/6 scale airplane has a 67 in. wingspan and a length of 58 in. Engines can range from .90 to 1.08 two strokes. It should weigh between 10 and 12 lbs. upon completion.




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