The first prototype flew on May 8, 1943. 23 built.
|A three-view drawing (702 x 728)|
| ENGINE||4 x Alfa Romeo 128 RC.18, 641kW|
| Take-off weight||21600 kg||47620 lb|
| Loaded weight||12800 kg||28219 lb|
| Wingspan||34.28 m||112 ft 6 in|
| Length||24.77 m||81 ft 3 in|
| Height||5.7 m||19 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||128.3 m2||1381.01 sq ft|
| Max. speed||400 km/h||249 mph|
| Ceiling||6500 m||21350 ft|
| Range||2000 km||1243 miles|
In the post war years the SM95C flew a sheduled return service for Alitalia to Manchester (Ringway) via Northolt, Milan and Rome. Whether this plane could have flown to New York is another matter and if it could I doubt very much that it could ever fly back!
Alitalia, formed in September 1946 as Aerolinee Italiane Internazionali had four S.M.95C's in its fleet.
Alitalia's first international flight (destination Oslo) was made by an S.M.95 on the 6th of July 1947.
|Ben Beekman, 07.03.2011|
According to Wikipedia, this airplane featured wood covering for the wings and fabric covering for the cabin roof and sides. An unpressurized cabin limited its ceiling when carrying passengers. A special version of this aircraft, the SM.95GA, was designed to have a range of 6,840 miles, sufficient to bomb New York. When reminded of the large numbers of Italian immigrants living there, Mussolini directed that only leaflets were to be dropped. The war took an unfavorable direction for Il Duce and the planned attack never came off. Since only 23 were built, the last one in 1949, its hard to see how any attack on New York with SM.95GA's would have benefitted the fascists.
The engines seem to be a little close together. From what I can find on the plane, it was also under-powered until they replaced by, 740-hp Bristol Pegasus 48s or 1065-hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SlC3-Gs. Apparently it handled well, even when under-powered.
does anyone know where I can go to sell a bathroom mirror that my grandfather took out of a captured plane? of the 8 captured, 1 was flown to dayton ohio before it was disposed of.
|Jim Lloyd, 05.06.2009|
Where do you get inferior?
Indeed, looks like a - inferior - copy of the FW-200.
A copy of the FW-200?
Looks like a very capable transport.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?