Packard-Le Peré LUSAC-11
When the U.S. entered World War One, the Signal Corps had just 55 aircraft, none fit for combat. The American Expeditionary Force was equipped with French types, and the LUSAC was part of a plan to build Frency designs in the U.S.
Proving fast, and armed with two .30 (7.62mm) Lewis machineguns (one on the cowl, on on a flexible mount for the observer) 3525 were ordered. Only thirty were completed by the Armistice, the rest being cancelled.
In addition, three strafer aircraft were built, as LUSAGH (Le Peré United States Army Ground Harassment), two with Bugatti engines (LUSAGH-21), one a Liberty (LUSAGH-11).
There was also an experimental LUSAC-11 triplane, the LUSAO-11 (Le Pere United States Army Observation), which used two Liberty L-12As.
- Crew: 2 (pilot & observer/gunner)
- Length: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
- Wingspan: 41 ft 7 in (12.67 m)
- Height: ()
- Max takeoff weight: 3,746 lb (1,699 kg)
- Powerplant: 1× Liberty liquid-cooled V12 engine, 425 hp (317 kW)
- Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare. Volume 16, p.1782-3, "LUSAC-11, Packard-Le Peré". London: Phoebus, 1978.
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- Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare (London: Phoebus, 1978), Volume 16, p.1782, "LUSAC-11, Packard-Le Peré".
- Fitzsimons, p.1782.
- Fitzsimons, Volume 16, p.1783, "LUSAC-11, Packard-Le Peré".