Piaggio P.6

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Piaggio P.6
Piaggio P.6 right front quarter view.jpg
Role Catapult-launched reconnaissance float plane
Manufacturer Piaggio
First flight 1927
Primary user Regia Marina
Number built 15 (P.6ter)

The Piaggio P.6 was an Italian catapult-launched reconnaissance floatplane designed and built by Piaggio for the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy).

Development[edit]

Piaggio P.6.jpg

To meet a Regia Marina requirement for a two-seat catapult-launched seaplane, Piaggio produced two designs. The first designated the P.6bis was a small biplane flying boat powered by a 190 kW (260 hp) Isotta Fraschini V.6 engine driving a pusher propeller. The second design designated, the P.6, was a floatplane with one large central float and two stabilising floats at the wingtips and a nose mounted A.20 engine. Both aircraft had the same biplane wing structure with rigid strut bracing and both were armed with a single machine gun (the flying-boat's in the bow and the floatplane's in the rear cockpit). In 1928, the P.6ter was produced based on the P.6 floatplane with the engine boosted to 306 kW (410 hp). A production run of 15 P-6ter aircraft was produced for the Italian Navy where it had an unremarkable career being used on battleships and cruisers.

Piaggio P.6 left front quarter view.jpg

Variants[edit]

P.6bis
Prototype flying boat.
P.6
Prototype floatplane.
P.6ter
Production floatplane, 15 built.

Operators[edit]

 Italy

Specifications (P.6ter)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Wingspan: 13.50 m (44 ft 3½ in)
  • Gross weight: 2,360 kg (5,203 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.20, 306 kW (410 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)

Armament

  • 1 × machine gun

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. p. 2700.