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Loire 30
Role Three-seat night reconnaissance monoplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Loire
First flight 1932
Number built 1

The Loire 30 a.k.a.Loire 300 was a French three-seat night reconnaissance monoplane designed and built by Loire Aviation of St. Nazaire.[1]

Design and development[]

The Loire 30 was designed to meet a French Air Force requirement for a three-seat night reconnaissance aircraft.[1] It was a cantiliver high-wing monoplane and powered by three 230 hp (172 kW) Salmson 9Ab radial engines strut-mounted above the wing.[1] The pilot had an enclosed cockpit with an open cockpit at the nose and amidships, both fitted with pivot-mounted 7.7mm (0.303 in) machine-guns.[1] Only one Loire 30 was produced in 1932 but it failed to gain an order and was relegated to experimental use.[1]

Loire 301[]

After rejection in its original role the sole Loire 30 / Loire 300 was modified with a large windowless turret fitted in the nose and re-designated Loire 301. The purpose of the turret is uncertain; the favoured theory of some references is an armoured turret housing a large calibre gun; another theory is an airborne blind flying training simulator.


Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Wingspan: 22.15 m (72 ft 8 in)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Salmson 9Ab radial engine, 172 kW (230 hp) each


  • 2 × 7.7mm (0.303 in) pivot-mounted machine guns


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Orbis 1985, p. 2377
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

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