Savoia-Pomilio SP.2

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SP.2
Role Reconnaissance and bomber aircraft
National origin Italy
Manufacturer SIA, Pomilio
Designer Umberto Savoia and Ottorino Pomilio
First flight 10 July 1916
Number built ca. 300
Developed from Savoia-Pomilio SP.1

The Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 was a reconnaissance and bomber aircraft built in Italy during the First World War.[1] It was a refined version of the SP.1, and like it, took its basic configuration from the Farman MF.11: a biplane with twin tails and a fuselage nacelle that accommodated the crew and a pusher-mounted engine.[2] The SP.2 entered mass production with SIA, and with co-designer Ottorino Pomilio's own firm that he had recently established.[2]

Around 300 examples were produced, and by spring 1917, these equipped twelve front-line squadrons of the Aeronautica Militare.[2] Of these machines, about a dozen participated in trials of the Revelli-FIAT 25 mm cannon before production of this weapon was discontinued.[3]


Operators[edit]

 Kingdom of Italy

Specifications[edit]

Data from Taylor 1989, p.793

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 10.77 m (35 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.74 m (54 ft 11 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,700 kg (3,750 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.12, 190 kW (250 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Range: 450 km (280 miles)

Armament

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor 1989, p.793
  2. ^ a b c The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft p.2897
  3. ^ Williams 2005

References[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
  • Williams, Anthony G. (2005). "The Cannon Pioneers". Cannon, Machine Guns, and Ammunition. Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-03-03.