Breda Ba.15

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Ba.15
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Breda Ba.15
Role
Manufacturer Breda
Designer Cesare Pallavicino
First flight 1928
Primary user Regia Aeronautica

The Breda Ba.15 was a two-seat light aircraft produced in Italy in 1928.

Design and development[edit]

It was a high-wing braced monoplane of conventional design that seated the pilot and passenger in tandem within a fully enclosed cabin. Ba.15s were fitted with a wide variety of engines. The most popularly selected was the Walter Venus, but examples also left the factory powered by Cirrus III, de Havilland Gipsy, Colombo S.63, Walter Mars, and Isotta-Fraschini Asso engines.

Operational history[edit]

Breda Ba.15s took part in several competitions. Among others, in August 1930 Col. Sacchi won the race Giro Aereo d'Italia flying Breda Ba.15S (altogether 10 Bredas took part in this contest).[1] Besides their civil use, some Ba.15s were operated by the Regia Aeronautica. An example is preserved at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia in Milan. One Ba.15 was bought in 1929 by an Italian resident in Paraguay, Nicola Bo. The plane had the Italian civil registration I-AAUG. This plane was later sold to the Paraguayan Military Aviation and used in the Chaco War as a light transport plane with the serial T-8. It was destroyed in an accident in 1933.

Variants[edit]

Breda Ba.15S
  • Ba.15 : Two-seat cabin touring, sporting aircraft.
  • Ba.15S : Improved version.

Operators[edit]

 Italy
 Paraguay

Specifications (Ba.15S)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1, pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 7.00 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 770 kg (1,698 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Walter Venus radial, 82 kW (110 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)
  • Endurance: 6 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,123 ft)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Circuit of Italy in Flight, September 5, 1930, p.991
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 195. 
  • aerei-italiani.net
  • "La Contribución Italiana en la Aviación Paraguaya". Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia. Author's edition. Asunción, 2007. 300pp.