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Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 Aircraft Information

Savoia-Pomilio SP.2

National origin: Italy
Manufacturer: SIA, Pomilio
Designed by: 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. 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. The SP.2 entered mass production with SIA, and with co-designer Ottorino Pomilio's own firm that he had recently established.

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

Specifications

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 x Fiat A.12, 190 kW (250 hp)

Performance

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

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. http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/cannon_pioneers.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-03.

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