Macchi M.8

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Macchi M.8
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Macchi
Introduction late 1917[1]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 57 [1][2]
Variants Macchi M.9
Wingspan 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in)[3]
Engine 160-170hp Isotta-Fraschini V-4B
also 300hp or 420hp Fiat
Armament 1-2×flexible nose Revelli or
40mm gun
Crew 2-3[2]
Max Speed 164 km/h (102 mph)[3][note 1]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:00[3]
4,000 m (13,120 ft) in 37:00[3]
Ceiling 4,900 m (16,080 ft)[3]

The Macchi M.8 was an enlarged, strengthened, two-seat Macchi M.3 intended for patrol work. With the addition of an observer, it added a flexible Revelli in the nose as well as photo and radio equipment. It appeared late in 1917 and flew in patrol, anti-submarine, and anti-shipping missions until the Armistice. After the war Sweden acquired one. [1]

When working together with the RNAS in the Adriatic, the Italians were not impressed with the Short seaplanes or Sopwith Baby, finding the Macchis much superior, but they were intrigued by the big Felixstowe F.3.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Macchi M.8.



  1. 130 km/h (81 mph) cruising speed.[3]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munson, p.166.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nowarra, p.164.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Nowarra, pp.206-207.
  • 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