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Savoia-Marchetti SM.79

Savoia Marchetti SM79B.jpg
Two-engined Savoia Marchetti SM.79B
Role Bomber
Crew 5 or 6
First Flight October 1934
Entered Service
Manufacturer Savoia-Marchetti
Dimensions
Length 16.2 m 53ft 2in
Wingspan 20.2 m 66ft 3in
Height 4.1 m 13ft 6in
Wing Area 60.9 m² 656 ft²
Weights
Empty 6,800 kg 14,990 lb
Loaded 10,050 kg 22,156 lb
Maximum takeoff kg lb
Powerplant
Engine 3 × Alfa Romeo 126
Power (each) 580 kW 780 hp
Performance
Maximum speed 434km/h @ 3,790m 270mph @ 12,450ft
Combat range 2,600 km 1,615 miles
Ferry range km miles
Service ceiling 7,000 m 22,950 ft
Rate of climb 320 m/min 1,035 ft/min
Wing loading 165 kg/m² 33.8 lb/ft²
Power/Mass 0.173 kW/kg 0.106 hp/lb
Armament
Guns 3 × 12.7 mm Breda machine guns
Bombs 1,250 kg 2,750 lb


The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Italian: sparrowhawk) was important Italian bomber of World War II. The three engine airplane was well made, and performed well both as a torpedo and medium bomber. Notable for its distinctive 'hump' in the fuselage the aircraft was well liked by its crews but earned the nickname Gobbo Maledetto (Damned Hunchback). The plane transitioned into use as transport later in the war, a role it did until 1952 in Italy.

Variants:

  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79-I - the first production model
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79-II - torpedo-bomber, powered by three Piaggio P.XI engines
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79B - twin-engined export version
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79JR - version for Romania, powered by two Junkers Jumo 211Da engines
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79-III - improved torpedo-bomber model
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79C - VIP transpot conversion
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79K - version for Yugoslavia
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79T - long-range VIP transport version

Operators

  • Brazil, Iraq, Italy, Romania, Spain, Yugoslavia,

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