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Bauer Aircraft (Austrian Designer Engineer Leopold Bauer)

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Leopold Bauer worked for the Jacob Lohner & Co aircraft firm until the end of World War One. The firm was one of the first aircraft companies in Austria-Hungary, which began with the production of aircraft propellers. Starting in 1912 a propeller construction division was created, which developed under the guidance of engineer Leopold Bauer. Each engine type was allocated its own type of propeller. In the Rotunda in Vienna in 1932, the engineer Bauer also developed a 60 hp two-cylinder engine for his new aircraft, but this was never completed.

He designed several types, listed below.

Bauer Eindekker [1910]

Built in Graz and powered by a Puch engine a mid-wing monoplane single-seater. Not a confirmed Leopold Bauer design.

Bauer A1 [1923]

In 1923 Leopold Bauer decided to build four, two-seat biplanes loosely based on the Aviatik (Berg) D.I 101 series. The second to fourth aircraft carried the designation Austria B1. The primary role was as a training aircraft. It had a distinctive fin with a bat-wing type appearance. The prototype was later redesignated B1 as well.

Details: Engine: 1 x Gnome-Rhone Rotary (59 kW) / Wing span (upper): 9.00 m / Wing span (lower): 7.20 m / Length: 6.80 m / Height: 2.45 m / Wing Area: 31.0 sq m / Empty Weight: 350 kg / Take-off Weight: 570 kg / Speed: 138 km/h / Range: 700 km

Bauer Austria B1 [1923]

These aircraft were registered A-6 to A-9 on the Austrian register and known by the name Austria B1. The primary role was as a training aircraft. They also had a distinctive fin with a bat-wing type appearance.

Details: Engine: 1 x Gnome-Rhone Rotary (59 kW) / Wing span (upper): 8.50 m / Length: 4.90 m / Height: 2.45 m / Empty Weight: 350 kg / Take-off Weight: 500 kg / Speed: 105 km/h

Bauer Z.I [1928]

A two-seat biplane registered A-65 on the Austrian register later OE-DEZ where it was operated by Flughafen Kottingbrunn. the aircraft was used as training machine. Unlike the A1, it had equal span wings. The Z in the designation denoted Franz Zuzmann who built the fuselage and owned the aircraft initially.

Details: Engine: 1 x Walter NZ (88 kW) / Wing span : 11.00 m / Length: 7.60 m / Height: 3.00 m / Wing Area: 25.0 sq m / Empty Weight: 740 kg / Take-off Weight: 1,105 kg / Speed: 150 km/h / Range: 400 km

Bauer Z.II [1929]

The second fuselage built by Franz Zuzmann was developed as the Z.II. A two-seat flying school biplane registered A-127 on the Austrian register later OE-DFZ. It was operated by Goerz GmbH. It had a more powerful engine fitted.

Details: Engine: 1 x Daimler (147 kW) / Wing span : 10.00 m / Length: 7.60 m / Height: 2.90 m / Wing Area: 25.0 sq m / Empty Weight: 740 kg / Take-off Weight: 1,105 kg / Take-off Weight: 1,200 kg / Speed: 150 km/h / Range: 400 km

Bauer-Eger BAEG [1925]

Max Eger and Leopold Bauer collaborated on this simple high wing monoplane design, similar to the modern day FRED homebuilt. One was completed and registered A-20.

Details: Engine: 1 x Douglas Motorcycle (15 kW) / Wing span : 7.60 m / Length: 5.50 m / Height: 1.20 m / Wing Area: 12.0 sq m / Empty Weight: 110 kg / Take-off Weight: 210 kg / Speed: 125 km/h / range: 500 km

Krupka-Bauer Gleitflugel [1930]

Egger and Josef Krupka designed this simple glider in 1930. It was tested in the mountains as a hang-glider with the pilot wearing skis as a form of landing gear! - For in depth details see http://www.luftfahrt-archiv.at/Info4-84/Krupka.html

Details: Engine: no engine / Wing span : 4.00 m / Length: 0.95 m / Height: 0.15 m

Bauer Metalkonstruktion Biplane [1932]

An attempt to build an all metal high-wing strutted monoplane with a Bauer constructed 2-cylinder engine. The build was started but the aeroplane never flew due to problems with the production of the engine.

Details: Engine: 1 x Bauer Boxer 2-cylinder (44 kW) / Wing span: 9.5 m

Sources:

Oesterreichische Luftfahrzeugrolle 1923 bis 1938 (Schroeder) Weishaupt, 1982 ISBN 3900310076
Luftfahrzeugbau in Osterreich (Keimel) Aviatic Verlag, 2003 ISBN 3925505784
 

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