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Ansaldo A.120

Manufacturer: Ansaldo
First flight: 1925
Number built: 77

The Ansaldo A.120 (sometimes called the FIAT A.120, since FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino - Italian Automobile Factory of Turin) bought Ansaldo). was a reconnaissance aircraft developed in Italy in the 1920s. It was a conventional, parasol-wing monoplane with fixed tailskid undercarriage which accommodated the pilot and observer in tandem open cockpits. The design was based on a wing developed for the Ansaldo A.115 and the fuselage of the Dewoitine D.1 fighters that Ansaldo had built under licence. The type was operated in modest quantities by the Italian Air Force, and was exported to the air forces of Austria and Lithuania, the latter's machines remaining in service until the Soviet annexation of the country.


A.120 - prototype with Lorraine 12Db engine (2 built)
A.120bis - improved version with FIAT A.20 engine
A.120 Ady - definitive production version, most with FIAT A.22 engine (57 built)
A.120R - revised version for Austrian service (6 built)



Austrian Air Force (1927-1938)

Italy Lithuania

Specifications (A.120 Ady)

General characteristics

Crew: Two, pilot and observer
Length: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 12.80 m (42 ft 0 in)
Height: 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 27.4 m (295 ft)
Powerplant: 1 x Fiat A.22T piston engine, 410 kW (550 hp)


Maximum speed: 254 km/h (158 mph)
Endurance: 7 hours
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)


1 x or 2 x fixed, forward-firing 7.7. mm machine guns
1 x trainable, rearward-firing 7.7 mm machine gun for observer

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 383.

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