Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919
In February, 1918, the Military Aviation Factory produced to the designs of its director, Senor Francisco Santarini, and Captain Guillermo Villasana, Chief of the Technical Department, a one-seater fighting scout fitted with a 150 h.p. Hispano-Suiza engine. The characteristics of this machine, which is oficially termed a Microplano, are the following:-
Type of machine Mexican Scout Biplane
Name or type No. of machine Microplane Veloz.
Purpose for which intended Single-seater Fighter.
Overall span, upper plane 8.00 metres.
Span of lower plane 6.88 metres.
Surface area 18 sq. metres.
Interplane gap 1.5 metres.
Overall length 6.60 metres.
Maximum height 2.55 metres.
Speed, horizontal 190-220 km.p.h.
Area of elevators 1.73 sq. metres.
Area of rudder .76 sq. metres.
Gross weight 650 kgs.
Net weight 460 kgs.
Useful load 190 kgs.
Engine type and h.p. Hispano-Suiza; 150-160 h.p.
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TNCA SERIE C MICROPLANO Mexico
In February 1918, the Talleres Nacionales de Construcciones Aeronauticas (TNCA), or National Aircraft Manufacturing Workshops, at Balbuena Airfield, Mexico City, completed the prototype of a single-seat fighting scout to the designs of Francisco Santarini and Capt Guillermo Villasana. A single-bay unstaggered biplane known as the Micropiano, the aircraft was powered by a 180 hp Hispano-Suiza eight-cylinder Vee-type water-cooled engine driving a Mexican Anahuac propeller, and was of metal construction. The intended armament was either one or two synchronised machine guns. Although flight trials of the Micropiano were allegedly satisfactory, no series production was undertaken owing to the overthrow of the Carranza regime and the ensuing civil war.
Max speed, 137 mph (220 km/h).
Empty weight, 1,014 lb (460 kg).
Loaded weight, 1,433 lb (650 kg).
Span, 26 ft 2 7/8 in (8,00 m).
Length, 21 ft 7 4/5 in (6,60 m).
Height, 8 ft 4 2/5 in (2,55 m).
Wing area, 193.76 sq ft (18,00 m2).