Another Chef d’oeuvre of the great Jean Liron. The Bernard company, under its various incarnations, was a somehow minor French aviation company of the interwar period. Technically stunning and financially inept, Bernard produced a bunch of iconic record aircraft and a few, very few, other beautiful designs. Liron took us to that time and space with plenty of wit and a lot of knowledge, as I’ve said before the bible about the subject.
Incredible artwork of the Bernard HV 40. The Collection DOCAVIA of Éditions Larivière not only published some of the best references about French aviation, they also did it with panache.
The “very Bernard” HV 40 was designed as a trainer for 1929 Schneider Coupe unsuccessful French team. Being a Bernard -and part of that chaotic French Schneider ‘s late effort- it only made its first flight in the summer of 1931 -there’re some doubts about its performance. When flown it proved to be both easy to handle and “agreeable”. Time lost…, again; as in 1929, no French machine took part in the final Schneider.
Artist: Paul Lengellé.