IMAM Ro.44

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Ro.44
Ro44 Regia Aeronautica.jpg
Ro.44
Role Fighter seaplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer IMAM
Designer Giovanni Galasso
First flight October 1936
Number built 35

The IMAM Ro.44 was a fighter seaplane developed in Italy, a single seater derivative of the Ro.43 that first flew in October 1936. While the Ro.43 had serious problems, the Ro.44 was an utter failure. Armed with two 12.7 mm machine guns fitted in the nose, the rear fuselage of the R.43 was redesigned to dispense with the observer's position, and changes were made to the tail. Overall, performance remained almost identical to that of the Ro.43, although the Ro.44 was more maneuverable.

Although it was fast enough to intercept machines like the Fairey Swordfish and Fairey Seafox, its actual performance (and sea-keeping capabilities) was so poor, that out of 51 ordered, only 35 were produced. They were used only in the Aegean Sea, with 161 Squadriglia having seven examples in service at the beginning of World War II but was soon retired from the front line and sent to seaplane schools. This was the last OFM/IMAM biplane to be designed.

Specifications[edit]

Data from War Planes of the Second World War:Volume Six Floatplanes[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 9.72 m (31 ft 10½ in)
  • Wingspan: 11.58 m (37 ft 11⅝ in)
  • Height: 3.51 m (11 ft 6⅛ in)
  • Wing area: 33.4 m2 (359 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,674 kg (3,682 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,226 kg (4,898 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Piaggio P.X R, 520 kW (700 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 311 km/h (193 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 188 km/h (117 mph)
  • Range: 1,199 km (745 miles)
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (22,965 ft)

Armament

  • 2 × fixed, forward-firing 12.7 mm machine guns

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green 1962, p.113.
  • Green, William (1962). War Planes of the Second World War:Volume Six Floatplanes. London: Macdonald. 
  • Marcon, Tullio (1999). IMAM Ro.43/44. Turin: La Bancarella Aeronautica. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 533.