Macchi L.1

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Macchi L.1
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Macchi
Introduction late 1915 [1]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 139 [1][2] - 140[3]
Developed from Lohner L
Variants Macchi L.2
Wingspan 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)[4][5]
Engine 150hp Isotta-Fraschini
Armament forward-firing Revelli
4×25 kg (55 lb) bombs[4]
Max Speed 109 km/h (68 mph)[4][5]
Ceiling 4,500 m (14,700 ft) [5]
Endurance 4:00 [5]

When a copy of the capable Lohner Type L flying boat was captured in May 1915, it was taken to the Macchi-Nieuport factory with a request to manufacture Italian copies. The new plane, the Macchi L.1 was completed by the next month. The L.1 differed of course in engine and armament, and it served from late 1915 to autumn 1916 when replaced with F.B.A. flying boats. [1]

The L.1 served widely in reconnaissance, bombing, and patrol roles in both the Adriatic and Mediterranean.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Lohner L.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munson, p.165.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nowarra, p.159.
  3. Angelucci, p.96.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Nowarra, pp.206-207.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Angelucci, p.88.
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070