Romano R-110
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Romano R-110

Intended to fulfil the demands of an October 1934 specification calling for a three-seat fighter to serve as an aerial command post for single-seat fighters - a role to which were subsequently added those of bomber interception and escort - the R-110 was flown for the first time on 30 March 1938. Of mixed construction, with plywood-covered wooden wings and a welded steeltube fuselage, the R-110 was powered by two 450hp Renault 12 Ro 2/3 12-cylinder air-cooled engines and carried an armament of two fixed 20mm cannon and a single 7.5mm machine gun on a flexible mount in the aft cockpit. The R-110 was unusual in that the pilot and aircraft commander were seated behind separate vertically- staggered stepped windscreens. The competing Potez 630 had appeared in production form before the R-110 prototype entered flight test and further development of the latter was discontinued.

Romano R-110A three-view drawing (1280 x 838)

    Take-off weight3300 kg7275 lb
    Empty weight2165 kg4773 lb
    Wingspan12.80 m42 ft 0 in
    Length9.66 m32 ft 8 in
    Height3.37 m11 ft 1 in
    Wing area24.00 m2258.33 sq ft
    Max. speed470 km/h292 mph
    Range1280 km795 miles

Klaatu83, 29.08.2016

The idea behind this aircraft goes back to the WW-I concept of a multi-engine, multi-seat fighter, known to the French as the "Multiplace de Combat". The most successful examples of the genre were the Caudron R.4, R.11, R.12 and R.14 series , which were built in large numbers from 1915-1918. After WW-I the French persisted with the idea, and continued to develop aircraft of that type right up to the Potez 630 series of WW-II. Unfortunately, aerial combat had moved on, and the concept of the "Miltiplace de Combat" became discredited during the 1940 Battle of France.

zhaoman, 21.06.2011

flight test and further development of the latter was discontinued.

, 21.06.2011

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