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Italy's Imam Ro.57 fighter

Design

The Imam Ro.57 was designed in 1938 but it took until 1942 before it went into production. By this time it was outclassed by the Allied fighters that went up against it.

The Ro.57 was a low wing, two engine fighter.

Production

  • Total:
    • Manufacturer: Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali

Variants

  • Imam Ro.57:
  • Iman Ro.57 ?: Ground attack. Two 20 mm cannons. One 1,000 lb bomb carried in a mount under the fuselage. Diving brakes installed.
  • Iman Ro.57 ?: Fighter. Two 12.7 mm machine guns.

Specifications

  Imam Ro.57
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) 2: Fiat A.74 RC 38
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 840 each
Propeller blades 3 metal
Dimensions  
Span 41'
Length 28' 11"
Height 9' 6"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 8,950 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 17,200' 320 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling 30,500'
Range 746 miles
Armament 2: MG

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site