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Italy's Savoia-Marchetti SM.78 reconnaissance flying boat

Design

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.78 was designed in 1933 to be a three seat reconnaissance flying boat.

Usage

The SM.78s were used by the Regia Marina.

Specifications

  SM.78
Type Reconnaissance Flying Boat
Crew Pilot, Observer, Gunner
Engine (Type) 1: Isotta-Fraschini Asso 750 R.C.35
Cylinders W-Type 18
HP 955
Dimensions  
Span 54' 7.75"
Length 40' 2.5"
Wing Area 707.8 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 6,490 lb
Loaded 11,110 lb
Performance  
Speed 152 mph
Speed - Cruising 124 mph
Climb to 13,120' 28 minutes
Range 1,553 miles
Armament  
Turret - Dorsal ?

Sources:

  1. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site