Savoia-Pomilio S.P.3

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Savoia-Pomilio S.P.3
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
First flight Nov 1916[1]
Introduction Apr 1917
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 300[2][note 1]
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in) [4]
Engine 250hp Fiat A12 inline
Armament front flexible Fiat MG or
25mm Fiat cannon
Crew 2
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph) [5][6][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 7:45[6][4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 14:30[6][4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 25:00 [5][6][4]
Service Ceiling 2,900 m (9,510 ft) [6]
Absolute Ceiling 4,400 m (14,400 ft)[6] to
5,000 m (16,400 ft) [5]
Endurance 4:00 [5][4] to 6:45 [6]

The SP.2 was a derivative of the Farman M.F.11 "Shorthorn", built to accommodate the powerful Fiat A.12 engine. The follow-on Savoia-Pomilio SP.3 shortened the wings and raised the horsepower from 200 to 250, but the pusher design was already too far beyond its "golden age" to make much of a difference. The failure of the SIA 7b programme left the SP.2 and SP.3 serving much longer than they deserved -- well in to 1918. While its strength was appreciated, its slow speed and lack of maneuverability became a detriment, and it was not until the arrival of more modern machines in mid-1918 that it was finally retired to training schools. Though largely forgotten, the SP.2 and SP.3 were important reconnaissance platforms for the Italian air force in 1917-1918.

The SP.3 was built by both the parent company Società Italiana Aviazione (SIA) and by Società Italiana Transaerea (SIT). The SIT-built version of the SP.3 featured a much more rounded fuselage/nacelle, shaped like a stretched sphere and leaving much more of the Fiat engine exposed. Most were delivered in the second half of 1917 and a handful were still in service at the Armistice.[7]

SP.3's were armed with a front flexible Fiat MG or sometimes a 25mm Fiat cannon.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Savoia-Pomilio SP.3.

Timeline [note 2][edit]

Game Data[edit]

Wings of Glory[edit]

Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
17Q2-18Q4 Y B/- or C/- 14 11 5

Miniatures and Models[edit]

1:144 Scale[edit]

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale[edit]

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References[edit]

Notes
  1. 270 in 1917; 30 in 1918.[3]
  2. Numbers are approximate, derived from squadriglia data, for both SP2 and SP3.[8]
Citations
  1. Alegi, p.4.
  2. Alegi, p.38.
  3. Lamberton, p.174.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Davilla, p.229.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Alegi, p.38.
  7. Alegi, p.4.
  8. Alegi, p.6-10.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 128: The SIA SP.2 & SP.3. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 2008. ISBN 1-902207-82-3
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.