Savoia-Pomilio S.P.2

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Savoia-Pomilio S.P.2
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Pomilio/S.I.A/Fiat
First flight Spring 1916[1]
Introduction 10 Jul 1916[2]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Number built 402[note 1][note 2]
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in) [4]
Engine 200hp Fiat A12 inline
Armament front-top turret or front flexible MG or
25mm Fiat cannon
Crew 2
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph) [5] - 146 km/h (91 mph)[4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:50[4]-6:00[6]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 12:00[4]-13:00[6]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 21:30[4]-26:00 [5][6]
Ceiling 5,000 m (16,400 ft) [5]
Endurance 4:00 [5][6][4]

The Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 was a derivative of the Farman M.F.11 "Shorthorn", built to accommodate the powerful Fiat A.12 engine. While it was a fine design for its time, the failure of the SIA 7b programme left the SP.2 and SP.3 serving much longer than they deserved -- well in to 1918. While its strength was appreciated, its slow speed and lack of maneuverability became a detriment, and it was not until the arrival of more modern machines in mid-1918 that it was finally retired to training schools. Though largely forgotten, the SP.2 and SP.3 were important reconnaissance platforms for the Italian air force in 1917-1918.

A flexible front machine gun was frequently carried on a turret-mount, fired by the observer who sat behind the pilot. This allowed firing over the top wing as well as forward and too the sides, though perhaps it was not the most comfortable gunner position. A cannon 25.4mm Fiat cannon was fitted to the SP.2bis.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Savoia-Pomilio SP.2.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
17Q1-18Q4 XC B/- or C/- 11 10 5

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Notes
  1. 202 by SIA, 200 by Pomilio[2]
  2. 128 in 1916; 274 in 1917.[3]
  3. Numbers are approximate, derived from squadriglia data, for both SP2 and SP3.[7]
Citations
  1. Alegi, p.1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alegi, p.2.
  3. Lamberton, p.174.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Davilla, p.229.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Alegi, p.38.
  7. Alegi, p.6-10.
Bibliography
  • Gregory Alegi, Windsock Datafile 128: The SIA SP.2 & SP.3. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 2008. ISBN 1-902207-82-3
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.