S.A.M.L. Aviatik

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S.A.M.L. Aviatik
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer S.A.M.L.
Introduction summer 1915
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 568[1][note 1]
Wingspan 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)[1]
Engine 140hp Canton-Unné radial[2]
Armament 1 MG
Max Speed 116 km/h (72 mph) [2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00[2]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 18:00[2]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 40:00[2]
Endurance 3:30 [2]

When Italy first entered the war in May 1915, they did not have a lot of native designs waiting to be built. SAML began by building the Aviatik Type P15 (frequently mapped to the Aviatik B.II). However, the early Aviatiks had unreliable engines and SAML began work on a custom-designed version in the form of the SAML S.1.

SAML Aviatiks were used in the latter half of 1915 and early 1916 at Aviano and Milan with 72ª, 73ª, 74ª, and 75ª squadrilia. By early 1917 they were relegated to training, where the SAML Aviatiks continued to serve through the end of the war. In fact, in 1918 423 SAML Aviatiks were built as trainers.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Aviatik B.I.

Timeline [note 2][edit]

Miniatures and Models[edit]

An Aviatik B-class plane makes a good substitute.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. Only 63 were built in 1915-1916, the years they saw combat use.[1]
  2. Dates are approximate for service use.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lamberton, p.170.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 113: The SAML S.2. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 2005. ISBN 1-902207-75-0
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.