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S.I.A. 7b
S.I.A. 7B.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
Designer Savoia and Verduzio[1]
First flight spring 1917
Introduction Aug 1917 [2]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 572 [3]
Wingspan 13.32 m (43 ft 8 in)[4]
Engine 250-280hp Fiat A12 inline
Armament top wing Revelli MG and
rear flexible MG
59 kg (130 lb)[5][4] of bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 186 km/h (116 mph) [3][5][4] to
200 km/h (124 mph)[6]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:45[7][5]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 8:20[7][5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 14:00[7]
Ceiling 7,000 m (23,000 ft)[6][5][4]
Endurance 4:00 [3][6][5][4]

The S.I.A. 7B was an Italian two-seater with an ignoble history due to frequent groundings and losses due to faulty construction. Società Italiana Aviazione (SIA) designed the plane as a replacement for the obsolete twin-boom pushers S.P.2 and S.P.3. Favorable tests in Spring 1917 convinced officials to order 500 7B's, and first deliveries commenced in August. Non-combat losses were frequent, however, and the type was grounded frequently, forcing the old SP's to soldier on past their intended lifespan. By June 1918 the SIA 7B was withdrawn from fighting duties altogether. It proved to be a fast and sturdy type when built properly, and much of its design was reused for the well-liked Fiat R.2. The 7B's checkered history led it to be largely overlooked in the history of Italian aviation.

Minor variants include the 7B1 (with raised rear decking), 7B2 (with the Fiat A12bis engine).

For more information, see Wikipedia:SIA 7.

Timeline

Game Data

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Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q1-18Q2[note 1] H -/B[note 2] 11 14 5

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

Resources

Orthographic Drawings

References

Notes
  1. Should be 17Q1-18Q2.
  2. Should be B/B.
Citations
  1. Angelucci, p.94.
  2. Alegi, p.2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Alegi, p.33.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Angelucci, p.85.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.49.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Alegi, p.35.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 105: The SIA 7B. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-902207-63-7
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711