Renard (Stampe - Vertongen) R.S.V. 26/180 Mark III
Single engine, two seat night-flying trainer.
In 1929, after having previously
R.S.V. 26/180 trainers (which see), the Aéronautique
Militaire Belge placed an order for 14 more aircraft of this type. The
machines subject of this order were specialised night-flying trainers and
therefore equiped with a blind-flying hood over the forward pilot seat.
Although ancestry to the initial RSV 26/180 is clearly evident, the
additional aircraft had been extensively improved by Chief Engineer George
W. Ivanov. Readily noticeable is the Morane Saulnier style wide main
undercarriage, a Hispano 180hp motor with its
new radiator behind the engine, besides the
already mentioned blind flying hood and new central "N" struts.
The extend of modifications to the 19 aircraft of this additional order
justified the specific designation R.S.V. 26/180 Mark III, while they were
attributed the registrations V-12 to V-30 - including 5 more aircraft
ordered in 1930(2) and 1931(3). These additional aircraft were destined to
receive the then new AéM standard power plant the 215 hp radial
Armstrong Siddeley Lynx in order to compete for an AéM
requirement for a new basic trainer. However Stampe and Vertongen’s hopes
for a large additional order of the basic trainer version of the RSV
26/180 quickly faded away, when the AéM selected the Avro 504N as its
elementary trainer in 1932. Only one example of the Lynx powered R.S.V. 26
was flown, being designated
S.V. 26/215 or S.V. 26 Lynx. According to
Renard specialist André Hauet some of the 14 initial production R.S.V.
26/180 Mark III’s were reworked aircraft of the initial 11 R.S.V. 26/180
series. The MK.III’s soldiered on until early 1936 when they were replaced
by the S.V. 5 (ordered in 1935). Ten R.S.V. 26/180 Mk.III were sold to
civil operators and continued flying until World War II. In the late
thirties at least two MK.III’s were noted with a scrap dealer at the
Chausée de Dinant, 81A at Anhée. (Daniel Brackx)
|Picture||Registration||C/N||Date In||Date Out||History|
|V-12||-||1929||1935||V-12, Pilot School Wevelgem|
|V-13||-||1929||1935||V-13, Pilot School Wevelgem|
|V-18||-||1930||1935||V-18, Pilot School Wevelgem|
|V-24||3013||1930||1935||V-24, Pilot School Wevelgem|
The R.S.V. 26/180 Mark III prototype at Deurne airport in 1929.
Two former AéM R.S.V. 26/180 Mark III's on a scrap dealer's yard at Anhée.
Last updated 17/07/14 08:38 Daniel Brackx