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]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 271 [2][note 1]
Engine 300hp Fiat A12bis inline
Armament wing-mounted Revelli and
1-2×flexible rear Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 190 km/h (118 mph)[2][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:00[4]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 14:00[4]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 23:00[4]
Ceiling 5,500 m (18,000 ft)[2]
Range 720 km (445 mi) [4]
Endurance 3:30 [2]

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. [5]

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[edit]

Notes
  1. 129 were completed by the Armistice.[3]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munson, p.127.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Alegi, p.33.
  3. Lamberton, p.176.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  5. Alegi, p.27.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 105: The SIA 7B. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-902207-63-7
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711