The prototype of the Piaggio P.32
twin-engine bomber flew in early 1936 powered by two Isotta Fraschini Asso XI V-12 engines. Of mixed construction, the P.32 had a stubby fuselage with a low/ mid-set wing incorporating Handley-Page leading-edge slats and double trail-ing-edge flaps, and a tail unit with twin fins and rudders. The V-12 engines were later replaced by 746kW Piaggio P.XI RC.40 radials. Armament comprised a single 7.7mm Breda machine-gun in a nose turret, and twin guns of the same type and calibre in retractable dorsal and ventral turrets.
A production series of 16 P.32s with Isotta Fraschini engines went into service with the 47a and 48a Squadriglie B.T. of the Regia Aeronautica during 1937, only to be withdrawn and scrapped the following year after a crash which indicated irremediable control problems. Twelve radial-engined aircraft under construction were never completed.
Span 59'0" Length 53'6" Height 16'9" Wing area 646 sq ft
Empty weight 13,980 lb Max take off weight 20,580 lb
Max speed 240 mph Range 1,212 miles Service ceiling 23,780 ft
Armament 5 x 7.7 mm (.303") Breda Safat machine guns
3,500 lb bombs.
LF Models makes 2 resin kits, series I and II
For Pat Lelliot: Piaggio P32 was not flying whith "regia aeronautica" in 1940, the plane who attempted to bomb London was "Fiat Br20"
i agree, very ugly. but fsacinating. where is a model in production? i would be intersted . thanks
|Pat Lelliott, 16.11.2007|
Used in the disasterous attempt by the Italians to bomb London on 11 November 1940.
3views and plans here http://www.history-on-cdrom.com/05e774c0.jpg
|vincent fiore, 18.08.2007|
one of the most uguly planes i have seen in a long time There is a model of both in production now If gera is interisted
Beautiful. Do you have a 3 view???
I scratchbuild my models and would like to make this one..
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?