Pomilio PC

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Pomilio PC
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
First flight Sept 1916 [1]
Introduction March 1917 [2]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built ~70 [1]
Variants Pomilio PD, Pomilio PE
Wingspan 11.1 m (36 ft 4 in) [3]
Engine 260hp Fiat A-12 [2]
Armament top-wing Revelli and
flexible Revelli, Nieuport-type mounting
Crew 2
Max Speed 183 km/h (114 mph) [3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:27[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 12:36[3]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 22:00[3]
Endurance 3:00 [3]

The Pomilio P-types were the most widely-produced Italian designs of the war. The first was the Pomilio PC, whose engine was uncowled and the crew set in close but separate cockpits. The PC was fast enough to outrun many enemy fighters, but it had stability issues that resulted in crashes and pilots distrusted the type. This problem was not corrected until the PE. [2][4] The PC was ordered in the hundreds, but only about seventy were completed before production shifted instead to the Pomilio PD, where those problems were corrected. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Pomilio PE.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alegi, p.1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Munson, p.127.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  4. Lamberton, p.168.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 117: Pomilio PD/PE. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 2006. ISBN 1-902207-83-1
  • 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