|General De Pinedo's Savoia Marchetti seaplane landing on the Brisbane River in 1925.|
|Role||Passenger and military flying-boat|
|Primary user||Italian Navy|
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
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.
- Production passenger carrier powered by a Fiat A.12bis engine.
- 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.
- Improved military variant first used by the Italian Navy from 1924, powered by a Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db vee piston engine.
- Simplified variant for training, one built.
- Brazilian Navy (15)
- Spanish Navy (26 including 10 built locally)
- Regia Marina (~103)
- Latvian Navy (6)
- Turkish Air Force (12)
- Soviet Navy (80)
Data from 
- Crew: two or three (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)
- Maximum speed: 194 km/h (120 mph)
- Range: 1000 km (621 miles)
- Service ceiling: 4000 m (13,125 ft)
- 1 × 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-gun (ring mounting at bow cockpit)
- 230kg (485lb) of bombs on underwing racks
- Related lists
- Orbis 1985, page 2853
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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