|Levasseur PL.2, June 1926|
|Primary user||French Navy|
Design and development
The second design of Pierre Levasseur was the PL.2 a single-seat unequal-span biplane inspired by designs from Blackburn Aircraft. It had a fixed tailskid landing gear and was powered by a nose-mounted Renault engine. The first of two prototypes first flew in November 1922, the second aircraft had a four-bladed propeller and other powerplant improvements. Nine production aircraft were built in 1923, these were fitted with ballonets and jettisonable landing gear for operations at sea.
The aircraft entered service in 1926 aboard the French carrier Béarn and continued in use until they were scrapped in 1932.
- PL 2.01 : First torpedo-bomber prototype.
- PL 2.02 : Second prototype, equipped with a four-blade propeller.
- PL.2 : Single-seat torpedo-bomber aircraft, nine built for the French Navy.
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft
- Crew: 1
- Length: 14.9 m (49 ft 8.50 in)
- Wingspan: 15.15 m (49 ft 8½ in)
- Height: 3.9 m (13 ft 3.25 in)
- Gross weight: 3,653 kg (8,053 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Renault 12Ma, 433 kW (580 hp)
- Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
- Range: 700 km (435 miles)
- Service ceiling: 2454 m (8,052 ft)
- 1 x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine-gun
- 450Kg (992lb) Torpedo or bombs
- Taylor and Alexander 1969, pp. 102-103.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). London: Orbis Publishing. 1985, pp. 2317–2318.