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Savoia-Marchetti S.72 Aircraft Information

Savoia-Marchetti S.72

Savoia-Marchetti S.72

Savoia-Marchetti S.72

Role: Bomber/transport
National origin: Italy
Manufacturer: Savoia-Marchetti
First flight: 1934
Primary users: China Regia Aeronautica
Number built: 7

The Savoia-Marchetti S.72 was an Italian three-engine transport monoplane designed and built by Savoia-Marchetti as an enlarged and strengthened version of the earlier S.71. The S.72 was a three-engine, high-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear. Designed as a heavy bomber, the prototype was first flown in 1934 powered by three 410 kW (550 hp) Alfa Romeo licence-built Bristol Pegasus radial engines.

The Regia Aeronautica showed no interest in the aircraft as a heavy bomber and the prototype was used as a VIP transport. After being demonstrated in China in 1935 the prototype was handed over to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek as a gift. Six more aircraft were ordered by the Chinese and assembled in China. It is presumed that all the aircraft were destroyed in Japanese air raids in 1937.


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General characteristics

Length: 19.95 m (65 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 29.68 m (97 ft 4 in)
Height: 5.5 m (18 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 118.50 m (1,275.57 ft)
Empty weight: 6,800 kg (14,991 lb)
Gross weight: 12,800 kg (28,219 lb)
Powerplant: 3 x Alfa Romeo licence-built Bristol Pegasus engine, 410 kW (550 hp) each


Maximum speed: 295 km/h (183 mph)
Range: 2,000 km (1,243 miles)
Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,245 ft)


up to 6 x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns
1 x 20 mm cannon
1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

"The World's Race to Arms" Popular Mechanics, December 1935 various rare photos. note - statement that S.72 was sent to Ethiopia is untrue

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