IMAM Ro.30

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IMAM Ro.30
IMAM Ro.30.jpg
Role Observation biplane
Manufacturer IMAM
First flight 1932
Primary user Regia Aeronautica

The IMAM Ro.30 was a 1930s Italian observation biplane designed and built by Industrie Meccaniche e Aeronautiche Meridionali. It was only built in limited numbers before being replaced by the Ro.37.

Development[edit]

Following the success of earlier observation biplanes the Ro.30 was developed in 1932 for the Regia Aeronautica. It was an unequal-span biplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear. It had an enclosed cockpit for the pilot located forward of the wing leading edge, an observer had a cabin between the wings, and the third crew member had an open cockpit behind the wings. It was powered either a 395 kW (530 hp) Alfa Romeo Mercury or a 373 kW (530 hp) Piaggio Jupiter radial engine.

Operators[edit]

 Kingdom of Italy

Specifications (Ro.30 with Jupiter engine)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2193

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 10.24 m (33 ft 7¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.75 m (51 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.50 m (11 ft 5¾ in)
  • Empty weight: 1580 kg (3483 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2630 kg (5798 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Piaggio Jupiter VII radial piston, 373 kW (500 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph)
  • Range: 1600 km (994 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 7500 m (24,605 ft)

Armament

  • 3 x 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-guns

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2193