SIAI S.16

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SIAI S.16
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General De Pinedo's Savoia Marchetti seaplane landing on the Brisbane River in 1925.
Role Passenger and military flying-boat
National origin Italy
Manufacturer SIAI
Designer Rafaele Conflenti
First flight 1919
Primary user Italian Navy
SIAI S.16
SIAI S.16bis

The SIAI S.16 was an Italian passenger flying-boat later used a military reconnaissance-bomber, claimed to be the most successful flying-boat of the 1920s.

Design and development[edit]

The first flying-boat designed by the Societa Idrovolanti Alta Italia (SIAI) for use as a civilian passenger carrier, the S.13 was a biplane flying-boat with room for five passengers. The S.16 was powered by a single Fiat A.12bis engine. Military versions were also developed with a bow cockpit for an observer-gunner and bomb-racks fitted underneath the wings. The military version was sold to Brazil, Soviet Union, Spain and Turkey.

Variants[edit]

S.16
Production passenger carrier powered by a Fiat A.12bis engine.
S.16bis
Improved civilian variant with reinforced hull, increased fuel capacity and a larger propeller.
S.16bis M
Military version of the S.16bis with bow cockpit, Soviet operated versions (80 aircraft) were designated by them the S-16bis, some were licence-built in Spain.
S.16ter
Improved military variant first used by the Italian Navy from 1924, powered by a Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db vee piston engine.
S.23
Simplified variant for training, one built.

Operators[edit]

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 Brazil
 Spain
 Kingdom of Italy
 Latvia
 Turkey
 Soviet Union

Specifications (S.16ter)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 or 3 (pilot, observer)
  • Length: 9.89 m (32 ft 5¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.50 m (50 ft 10¼ in)
  • Height: 3.67 m (12 ft 0½ in)
  • Empty weight: 840 kg (1852 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2652 kg (5847 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db vee piston engine., 298 kW (400 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 194 km/h (120 mph)
  • Range: 1000 km (621 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4000 m (13,125 ft)

Armament

  • 1 × 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-gun (ring mounting at bow cockpit)
  • 230kg (485lb) of bombs on underwing racks

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Orbis 1985, page 2853

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to SIAI S.16 at Wikimedia Commons