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Italy's Savoia-Marchetti SM.73 transport

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  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.73 transport

Design

Construction

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.73 had a steel tube fuselage and tail with fabric covering. The wings were all wood cantilever.

Production

  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.73:
    • Manufacturer: Savoia-Marchetti
    • Production: 1934 - ?

Usage

Passenger Lines

The Italian Ala Littoria, Belgian S.A.B.E.N.A., and Czechoslovakian C.S.A. airlines were supplied with the SM.73 in the mid to late 1930s.

War Transports

When Italy entered World War II the Commando Servizi Aerei Speciali (C.S.A.S.) took over the Ala Littoria's SM.73.

Thirteen were assigned to the 605a and 606a Squadriglie of the 148° Gruppo "T" at Reggio Calabria. They transported many supplies and troops to North America.

Specifications

  Savoia-Marchetti SM.73 Prototype
Type Transport
Engine (Type) 3: Gnôme-Rhône 9 Kfs
Cylinders Radial
HP 600 each
Propeller blades - Nose 4 wood
Propeller blades - Wings 2 wood
  Savoia-Marchetti SM.73
Type Transport
Crew 4
Passengers 18
Baggage 800 lb
Engine (Type) 3: Piaggio Stella IX R.C.
Cylinders Radial 9
Propeller blades 3 metal variable pitch
Dimensions  
Span 78' 8 2/3"
Length 57' 2.75"
Height 15' 1"
Wing area 1,000.7 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 12,760 lb
Loaded 20,460 lb
Performance  
Speed at 13,120' 205 mph
Speed - Cruising 174 mph
Climb to 6,560' 10 minutes
Climb to 13,120' 20 minutes
Climb to 19,680' 33 minutes
Service Ceiling 24,272'
Range 994 miles

Sources:

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