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Macchi M.41

Macchi M.41

Warbird Picture - The M.41bis, the production model of the Macchi M.41.

Picture - The M.41bis, the production model of the Macchi M.41.

Role: Flying boat fighter
National origin: Italy
Manufacturer: Macchi
First flight: M.41: 1927 M.41bis: 1929
Introduced: 1930
Retired: 1938
Primary user: Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy)
Number built: M.41: 1 M.41bis: 41
Variants: Macchi M.71

The Macchi M.41 was an Italian flying boat fighter prototype of 1927 designed and manufactured by Macchi. Its production model, the M.41bis, first flown in 1929, was in front-line service from 1930 to 1938.

Design and development

M.41

In 1927, the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) held a contest for a replacement for the Macchi M.7ter flying boat fighter. In response, Macchi designed the M.41, based on its Macchi M.26 design of 1924. The M.41 was a wooden, single-seat, single-bay biplane armed with two fixed, forward-firing 7.7-millimeter (0.303-inch) machine guns. It had plywood and fabric skinning, and its wings were of equal span and unstaggered. Its engine, a 313-kilowatt (420-horsepower) Fiat A.20 driving a pusher propeller, was mounted on struts above the hull and below the upper wing, and the aircraft was fitted with an oblique frontal radiator. Like the M.26, it was of very clean aerodynamic design for an aircraft of its type.

In the 1927 contest, the M.41 prototype competed against the SIAI S.58bis. Macchi received no production order for the M.41 and built only the first prototype. Although plans were made for SIAI to produce 97 S.58bis aircraft, these fell through when the Regia Marina decided to save money by re-engining the M.7ter rather than procure any new replacement aircraft in 1927.

M.41bis

In 1929, the Regia Marina again organized a contest for an M.7ter replacement. Macchi produced a new version of the M.41, dubbed the M.41bis, which differed from the M.41 chiefly in having a vertical radiator. It out-competed the SIAI S.58ter in the contest, and this time Macchi was awarded a contract to produce 41 M.41bis aircraft.

Operational history

Macchi delivered all 41 M.41bis aircraft, which began to enter service in 1930. They operated in two squadriglie of the 88 Gruppo Autonomo Caccia Marittima, and remained in front-line service until replaced in 1938 by the IMAM Ro.44 floatplane fighter.

Operators

Italy

Regia Marina 88 Gruppo Autonomo Caccia Marittima

88 Gruppo Autonomo Caccia Marittima

Specifications (M.41bis)

Data from Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown, New York: SMITHMARK Publishers, 1994, ISBN 0-8317-3939-8

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 8.66 m (28 ft 4⅞ in)
Wingspan: 11.12 m (36 ft 5 in)
Height: 3.12 m (10 ft 2.8 in)
Wing area: 31.90 m (343.38 ft)
Empty weight: 1,170 kg (2,579 lb)
Gross weight: 1,600 kg (3,527 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Fiat A.20 water-cooled V12 engine, 313 kW (420 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 262 km/h (163 mph)
Endurance: 3 hours 30 min

Armament

2 x fixed forward-firing 7.7-millimeter (0.303-inch) machine guns

Notes:

Time to 1,000 m (3,280 ft): 2 min

Alenia Aermacchi
Macchi M.26

Comparable aircraft

SIAI S.58

Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown. New York: SMITHMARK Publishers, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.

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