Fiat R.2

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Fiat R.2
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Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
Designer Celestino Rosatelli [1]
Introduction summer-autumn 1918[2]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 271 [3][note 1]
Wingspan 12.3 m (40 ft 4 in)[5]
Engine 300hp Fiat A12bis inline
Armament wing-mounted Revelli and
1-2×flexible rear Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 175 km/h (109 mph)[5] - 190 km/h (118 mph)[3][6]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:00[6]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 14:00[6]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 23:00[6]
Ceiling 4,800 m (15,700 ft)[5] - 5,500 m (18,000 ft)[3]
Range 550 km (340 mi)[5] - 720 km (445 mi) [6]
Endurance 3:30 [3]

Seeking to distance itself from the S.I.A. 7b, the company renamed itself Fiat Aviazione and redesigned the 7b with a new airframe and similar wings, in the form of the Fiat R.2. [1]

A handful of Fiat R.2 biplanes reached 23ª Squadriglia before the Armistice and saw some service during the final offensives. [7]

While it has seen service only in the last weeks of WWI, the R.2 served in numbers with the Italian air force until the mid-1920s. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Fiat R.2.

References

Notes
  1. 129 were completed by the Armistice.[4][2] The original order was for 500.[2]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munson, p.127.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Angelucci, p.95.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Alegi, p.33.
  4. Lamberton, p.176.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Angelucci, p.86.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  7. Alegi, p.27.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 105: The SIA 7B. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-902207-63-7
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711