No. 12521. Borel-Boccaccia 3000 French Air Force
Photograph from Musée de l'Air

Borel-Boccaccia 3000

08/31/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Designed by Paul Boccaccio for the Gabriel Borel concern, the Type 3000 two-seat fighter was tested in 1919 under the official French AF designation Borel C2. Although trials at Villacoublay revealed a good performance, the aircraft had appeared too late to warrant further development under post-WW I circumstances.

A two-bay biplane powered by a 300 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb eight-cylinder water-cooled engine, the Type 3000 carried an armament of a fixed and synchronized 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machinegun and two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis guns on a Scarff-type mounting in the rear cockpit. Provision was made for a third Lewis gun which, fitted in the fuselage floor, was intended to fire aft and downward. Various modifications were made to the undercarriage, the tailplane bracing, the radiators and the exhaust manifolds during the course of trials, but only the one prototype was completed, pictured above in its final configuration.

Created August 31, 2014