ⓘ Avia BH-1

                                     

ⓘ Avia BH-1

The Avia BH-1 was a two-seat sports plane built in Czechoslovakia in 1920. It was the first product of the Avia company, and it was originally designated BH-1 exp. The BH-1 was a low-wing braced monoplane of wooden construction, with tailskid undercarriage. Power was provided by a Daimler engine, which proved inadequate to fly the aircraft with both seats occupied.

Shortly after its first flight, it was exhibited at the first International aviation exhibition in Prague. Its reception was so enthusiastic that Czechoslovakian President tomáš Masaryk awarded Avia 100.000 CSK development grant.

BH-1 was subsequently rebuilt with an engine Gnome omega rotary and was finally able to fly with two people on Board. He was known as the big-1 bis in this configuration, and in 1921 won the Czechoslovakian national cross-country rally with an average speed of 125 km / h 78 mph over 860 km of the course, 536 Mi. The aircraft was damaged in an accident the following spring and was not repaired, even though he improved.

In 2004, Marcel Sezemsky built a flying model airplane, equipped with the engine Walter Mikron.