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Italy's Piaggio P.32 bomber

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  • Piaggio P.32 bis bomber
  • Piaggio P.32 bis bomber

Design

The Piaggio P.32bis design was based on the Piaggio CA.405 which was designed to break speed records.

Construction

The Piaggio P.32 bis was of all wood construction.

Bomb Bay

The bombs were carried in a bomb bay.

Prototype

The P.32-I prototype was completed in 1936.

Variants

  • Piaggio P.32-I: Prototype. The dorsal and ventral guns were retractable.
  • Piaggio P.32-II: Prototype. A turret in the nose was added above the bombardier.

Specifications

  Piaggio P.32-I
Type Bomber
Crew 5
Engine (Type) 2: Isotta-Fraschini Asso XI R.C.
Cylinders V 12
HP 820 each
Cooling Water
Dimensions  
Span 59' 0.5"
Length 53' 5.5"
Height 17'
Wing area 634.8 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 12,650 lb
Loaded 16,170 lb
Performance  
Speed at 16,400' 248 mph
Climb to 13,120' 15 minutes
Service Ceiling 22,960'
  Piaggio P.32-II
Type Bomber
Crew 5
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio P.XI R.C.40
Cylinders Radial 14
HP 1,020 each
Cooling Water
Dimensions  
Span 59' 0.5"
Length 52' 5.75"
Height 17'
Wing area 634.8 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 13,640 lb
Loaded 20,350 lb
Performance  
Speed at 16,400' 264 mph
Service Ceiling 26,240'
  Piaggio P.32 bis
Type Bomber
Crew 5
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio P.XI RC40
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,000 each
Dimensions  
Span 59'
Length 52' 6"
Height 15' 5"
Weight  
Loaded 20,350 lb
Performance  
Speed 264 mph, 265 mph
Service Ceiling 26,240'
Range 1,550 miles
Armament  
Turret - Nose 1: machine gun
Turret - Dorsal 1: machine gun
Turret - Ventral 1: machine gun
Bombs 3,500 lb

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site