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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.1 By this time it was outclassed by the Allied fighters that went up against it.1

The Ro.57 was a low wing, two engine fighter.1

Production

  • Total:
    • Manufacturer: Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali1

Variants

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

Specifications

  Imam Ro.571
Type Fighter1
Crew 11
Engine (Type) 2: Fiat A.74 RC 381
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
HP 840 each1
Propeller blades 3 metal1
Dimensions  
Span 41'1
Length 28' 11"1
Height 9' 6"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 8,950 lb1
Performance  
Speed @ 17,200' 320 mph1
Climb  
Service ceiling 30,500'1
Range 746 miles1
Armament 2: MG1

Sources:

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