Savoia-Marchetti S.65

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Savoia-Marchetti S.65
Savoia-Marchetti S.65.jpg
Role Racing seaplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Savoia-Marchetti
First flight 1929
Number built 1
Savoia-Marchetti S.65 rear right quarter view.jpg
Savoia-Marchetti S.65 rear quarter view.jpg

The Savoia-Marchetti S.65 was an Italian racing seaplane built for the 1929 Schneider Trophy race.

Design and development[edit]

The S.65 was a single-seat twin-engine floatplane of low-wing monoplane configuration with two floats. Its tailplane was supported by two booms and the floats, which extended well toward the rear of the aircraft. Its two 745-kilowatt (1,000-horsepower) Isotta-Fraschini engines were mounted in tandem, each driving a two-bladed propeller, one in the nose in a tractor configuration and the other at the rear of the fuselage in a pusher configuration.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The S.65 was excluded from the 1929 race due to mechanical problems, and Italy was instead represented in the race by one Macchi M.52R and two Macchi M.67 seaplanes.[2]

Tomasso Dal Molin of the Italian Schneider Trophy racing team was killed flying the S.65 during training at Lake Garda in northern Italy in 1930.[3]


 Kingdom of Italy


Data from [4]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 644 km/h; 348 kn (400 mph) estimated

See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ Vašiček, Aviation History, September 2002, p. 35.
  2. ^ Vašiček, Aviation History, September 2002, p. 35.
  3. ^ Schneider Trophy History
  4. ^ Vašiček, Radko, "When Seaplanes Ruled the Sky," Aviation History, September 2002