Macchi M.5


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Macchi M.5

The Macchi M.5 was Italy's first flying-boat fighter and was a single-seater, previous designs having been two-seaters. Some 240 M.5s were built, these equipping five Italian maritime patrol squadrons from early 1918 until after the Armistice. The M.5mod had a more powerful 250hp engine.The M.5 was extremely manoeuvrable and proved invaluable for escort duty over the Adriatic, as it possessed a substantial endurance. It had an excellent rate of climb, being able to reach 4000m in 20 minutes.

 MODELMacchi M.5mod
 ENGINE1 x 250hp Isotta-Fraschini V6B liquid-cooled in-line engine
  Take-off weight1080 kg2381 lb
  Wingspan9.95 m33 ft 8 in
  Length8.10 m27 ft 7 in
  Height2.95 m10 ft 8 in
  Max. speed209 km/h130 mph
  Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

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