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Fiat BGA

National origin: Italy
Manufacturer: Fiat
Designed by: Aldo Guglielmetti
First flight: 1936
Number built: 1

The Fiat BGA (Bombardamento Genio Aeronautico) was an airplane designed by Aldo Guglielmetti of the Italian Air Force.

It was built at Pisa by the Fiat subisdary Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche SA (CMASA), hence it was also called the CMASA BGA. It was not ordered into production and only one was built.

Development

Designed by Aldo Guglielmetti to meet a 1934 Italian Air Force requirement for a medium bomber it first flew in 1936 powered by two Fiat A.80 radial engines. It had a retractable tailwheel landing gear with the main gear retracting into the engine nacelles. It had twin elliptical fins and rudders and had a cut-down fuselage to the rear of a ventral and dorsal gun positions.

It did nor perform well during testing and was removed from the contest with only the prototype being built.

Specifications

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General characteristics

Length: 15.73 m (51 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 21.46 m (70 ft 5 in)
Height: 4.85 m (15 ft 11 in)
Wing area: 126.5 m (1,362 sq ft)
Empty weight: 6,100 kg (13,448 lb) empty equipped
Max takeoff weight: 9,080 kg (20,018 lb)
Powerplant: 2 x Fiat A.80 RC 41 18-cylinder radial piston engine, 750 kW (1,000 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 405 km/h (252 mph; 219 kn)
Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)
Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,887 ft)

Armament

Guns: three 7.7mm (0.303 in) machine-guns
Bombs: 1000 kg in fuselage bay

Bibliography

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

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