|Manufacturer||Loire Aviation, Saint-Nazaire, France|
|Maiden Flight||19 November 1934|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe 130 flying boats were designed by the firm Loire Aviation of Saint-Nazaire, France in response to a French Navy requirement in the mid-1930s. In 1936, the design was chosen over its competitors, and a contract for 150 aircraft was issued. The first production example was completed in 1937 and by the start of the European War 130 aircraft had replaced most seaplanes on French battleships and cruisers. The main production variant was designated 130 M; another variant, 130 Cl, featured an enlarged radiator for operations in warmer climates, ie. the French colonies in Africa and Asia. 130 flying boats served as naval gunnery spotters during the early parts of the war, and remained in service through the duration. Production, however, would end in 1942 after only 125 examples out of the contracted 150 were built. After the war, they remained in service until 1951.
Last Major Revision: Nov 2012
|Machinery||One Hispano-Suiza 12Xirs V-12 engine rated at 720 hp|
|Armament||2x7.5mm Darne machine guns, 2x75kg bombs, capacity for 4 passengers|
|Wing Area||38.20 m²|
|Weight, Empty||2,054 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||3,507 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||221 km/h|
|Speed, Cruising||164 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,056 m|
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