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Gourdou Leseurre GL-22 Omega Models scale 1/72 

Gourdou Leseurre GL-22 Omega Models scale 1/72 

  • Product Code: Gourdou Leseurre GL-22 cat. No. 72 183 

The Gourdou-Leseurre GL.2 (originally Gourdou-Leseurre Type B) was a French fighter aircraft that made its first flight in 1918.

The GL.2 was a development of the Gourdou-Leseurre Type A which had shown satisfactory performance in testing but which was ultimately rejected by the Aéronautique Militaire due to concerns about wing stiffness. The Type B featured not only a new wing design, now strengthened by four struts on each side instead of the Type A’s two per side, but also a revised fin and rudder for better directional stability and a strengthened chassis. Twenty examples were delivered in November 1918, designated GL.2C.1 into service, but the end of the war meant a loss of official interest.

Gourdou-Leseurre continued development however and by 1920 had an improved version, designated GL.21 or B2, ready for display at the Salon de l’Aéronautique in Paris that year. This differed from the GL.2 mainly in having revised ailerons and one batch of twenty was purchased by the Aéronautique Militaire, while another was purchased by Finland for evaluation.

Two years later a further design revision appeared as the GL.22 or B3. This featured a redesigned wing with a larger span, a modified horizontal stabilizer and landing gear. This proved quite successful for Gourdou-Leseurre, selling 20 to the Aéronautique Maritime as GL.22C.1, as well as 18 to Finland, 15 to Czechoslovakia, 15 to Estonia, one to Latvia and Yugoslavia. ] This was followed by a small series of test aircraft designated GL.23 or B4 before production of the GL.22 resumed in an unarmed version known internally within the company as the B5 and purchased by both the Aéronautique Militaire and the Aéronautique Maritime as GL. 22ET.1 to be used as an advanced trainer (Ecole de Transition). One of these aircraft was used for trials aboard the aircraft carrier Béarn.

The GL.24 version was produced in small numbers in 1925 for various test purposes, including a two-seat trainer conversion and an air ambulance (TS – Transport Sanitaire) displayed at an international medical conference held in Paris that year.

The GL.2 was also used as a display aircraft, with Gourdou-Leseurre test pilot André Christiany flying one to win the speed test in the 1923 Michelin Coupe, and two tricolor-painted ET.1s putting on a show throughout France and North Africa. same year. Also in the 1930s, specialized aerobatic versions were produced as the B6 and B7 for Jérôme Cavalli and Fernand Malinvaud respectively, with a second B7 built for Adrienne Bolla