Страна: Франция
Год: 1926
Летающая лодка

CAMS 51 / CAMS 53
Flight, July 1928

CAMS 51 / CAMS 53

CAMS 51 - летающая лодка-биплан класса R.3 с двумя двигателями (трехместный разведчик и бомбардировщик). Она совершила первый полет в январе 1927 года с силовой установкой из двух звездообразных двигателей Gnome-Rhone Jupiter мощностью по 380 л.с. (283 кВт), установленных тандемно на паре N-образных стоек под центральной секцией верхнего крыла. На базе CAMS 51 и дальней CAMS 54GR, которой в 1928 году не удалась попытка перелета через Северную Атлантику с востока на запад, разработали летающую лодку - бомбардировщик-разведчик CAMS 55.

Flight, July 1928


The C.A.M.S. 53

  Described as a "Hydravion Postal a Grand Rayon d'Action," the C.A.M.S. 53 is a twin-engined flying-boat of rather pleasing lines, showing a two-step hull which approaches more nearly to the planing surfaces found on British flying-boats than one usually finds on French machines. It has not the flaring chines which we usually employ, but the rounded Vee of the steps is an improvement on the flat "box" type of hull, to which some designers still adhere. In the C.A.M.S. 53, the sides of the hull are slightly rounded, i.e., the maximum beam occurring some distance above the chines.
  The two 500-h.p. geared Hispano engines are placed in tandem under the top plane, and the pilot's cockpit in the front part of the hull is arranged en conduite interieure. The machine has a span of 20-4 m. (67 ft.), and a wing area of 115 m.2 (1,238 sq. ft.). The tare weight is 4,070 kg. (8,950 lbs.), and the disposable load (i.e., fuel and useful load) is 2,210 kg. (4,860 lbs.), giving a total loaded weight of 6,280 kg. (13,810 lbs.). A top speed of 210 kms./hr. (130 m.p.h.) is claimed for the machine, and a range of 1,000 kms. (620 miles), but it is not stated what pay load is carried for that range.
"Jupiters" in France: The C.A.M.S.51 flying-boat, fitted with two "Jupiter" engines, which, piloted recently by Lieut. Paris at St. Raphael, created a world's record for seaplanes, attaining an altitude of 4,684 m. (15,370 ft.) with a load of 2,000 kgs. (4,410 lb.).
A LONG-RANGE MAIL CARRIER: The C.A.M.S. 53 twin-engined flying-boat, like so many modern French machines, has the pilot's cockpit enclosed.
A Cams flying-boat used by Air-France on the Mediterranean services.
IN THE GRAND PALAIS: View looking South. In the foreground the Aero cabin biplane, as used on Czechoslovak air lines. Beyond, the CAMS flying-boat. On the right, the tail of the twin-hull Savoia S.55.