Pomilio PD

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Pomilio PD
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
First flight June 1917[1]
Introduction August 1917
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 338 [2][note 1]
Developed from Pomilio PC
Variants Pomilio PE
Wingspan 11.1 m (36 ft 4 in) [3]
Engine 200hp Fiat A12 inline
Armament 1 top wing Fiat-Revelli MG
1 rear flexible Revelli or Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 185 km/h (115 mph) [4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:30
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 12:45
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 22:00 [4]
Ceiling 5,000 m (16,400 ft) [4]
Endurance 3[4][3]-4 hours [4]

The Pomilio PC (C.I) showed promise (especially when compared to obsolete twin-boom Savoia-Pomilio SP2 and SP3s), and about 70 were made before production was switched to the improved Pomilio PD model. While Italian crews complained about the PC and PD (as they did with almost all types), the PD's 200hp Fiat A.12 engine gave the plane good performance, and it served from mid 1917 through the end of the war. The PD suffered from the same instability problems as the PC, leading to crashes. Further improvements resulted in the Pomilio PE. Probably around 431 PDs were constructed, of which 93 were dual control variants mostly used for training.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Pomilio PE.

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Notes
  1. Plus 93 dual-control trainers
Citations
  1. Alegi, p.1.
  2. Alegi, p. 36.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Alegi, p.35.
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.