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Dewoitine D.503



First flown on 15 April 1935, the D 503 was, in fact, a modification of the D 511 prototype, which, although exhibited in the Salon de l'Aeronautique in Paris in November 1934, was not flown. The D 511 had consisted of the fuselage and tail assembly of the D 500 mated to a wing of marginally smaller span and area, cantilever main undercarriage members and an Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs engine. Calculations indicated that the D 511 would not offer a sufficient advance in performance (despite the fact that the first production order for the D 510 was not to be placed until May 1935) and it was therefore re-engined with a 690hp HS 12Xcrs engine with a circular frontal radiator, armament comprising a 20mm engine-mounted cannon and two wing-mounted 7.5mm Dame machine guns. Flight testing revealed a climb rate inferior to that of the standard D 500 and, after serving as the personal aircraft of Col Rene Fonck in the escadrille ministerielle, the prototype was assigned to the flying school at Etampes.

Engine: 690hp HS 12Xcrs engine
Take-off weight: 1823 kg / 4019 lb
Empty weight: 1378 kg / 3038 lb
Wingspan: 11.48 m / 37 ft 8 in
Length: 7.56 m / 24 ft 10 in
Height: 2.70 m / 8 ft 10 in
Wing area: 15.00 sq.m / 161.46 sq ft
Max. speed: 375 km/h / 233 mph
Range: 840 km / 522 miles
Armament: 1 x20mm cannon, 2 x 7.5mm Dame machine guns

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