CANT Z.509

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CANT Z.509
CANT Z.509.jpg
Role Mail plane
Manufacturer CANT
First flight 1937
Introduction 1937
Primary user Ala Littoria
Number built 3

The CANT Z.509 was a three-engine Italian floatplane developed from the Z.506A for use as a mailplane.

Design and development[edit]

Designed as a larger and heavier version of the Z.506A, three aircraft were built in 1937 for Ala Littoria. The aircraft were for use on the airline's transatlantic postal service to South America. The aircraft was a twin-float seaplane powered by three Fiat A.80 R.C.41 radial engines. With the outbreak of World War II, development of the type was abandoned.

Operators[edit]

 Kingdom of Italy

Specifications (Z.509)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Length: 19.15 m (62 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 28.32 m (92 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 7.52 m (24 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 99.95 m2 (1,075.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 9,979 kg (22,000 lb)
  • Gross weight: 15,966 kg (35,200 lb)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Fiat A.80 R.C.41 18-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 425 km/h; 229 kn (264 mph) at 4,500 m (14,760 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 349 km/h; 189 kn (217 mph)
  • Range: 3,748 km (2,329 mi; 2,024 nmi) to 3,988 km (2,478 mi; 2,153 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,240 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.4 m/s (1,060 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 4,500 m (14,760 ft) in 14 minutes

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Jonathan W. (1963). Italian Civil and Military aircraft 1930–1945. USA: Aero Publishers Inc. pp. 60–62. ISBN 978-0-8168-6500-0. LCCN 63-17621. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing
  • Thompson, Jonathan W. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930–1945, New York: Aero Publishers Inc., 1963. ISBN 0-8168-6500-0.