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Italy's Meridionali Ro. 41 fighter

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  • Meridionali Ro. 41 fighter
  • Meridionali Ro. 41 fighter

Design

The Meridionali Ro.41 was similar to the FIAT CR.40 and CR.41 and first appeared in 1935.

Engine

The Piaggio P.VII C.45 (390 HP) was greatly underpowered and limited the performance of the Ro.41.

Wing

The frame of the wing was constructed of duralumin and wood and covered with wood and fabric.

Fuselage

The fuselage had a welded steel tubing frame with fabric and duralumin covering.

Landing Gear

The landing gear was fixed with spats over the wheels.

Production

The Ro.41 was not purchased by the Regia Aeronautica so it never entered mass production.

Variants

  • Meridionali Ro.41:
  • ?: Two seat advanced trainer with dual controls.

Specifications

  Meridionali Ro. 41
Type Interceptor
Crew 1
Engine (Type) 1: Piaggio P. VII, Piaggio P.VII C.45
Cylinders Radial, Radial 7
Cooling Air
HP 390
Propeller blades 2, 2 variable pitch
Dimensions  
Span 28' 10", 28' 10.75"
Length 21' 6 3/8", 22'
Height 8' 8", 8' 8.25"
Wing area 206.3 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 2,178 lb
Loaded 2,728 lb, 2,750 lb
Performance  
Speed 210 mph
Speed at 16,400' 202 mph
Speed - Cruising 180 mph
Climb to 6,560' 2 minutes 20 seconds
Climb to 13,120' 6 minutes 20 seconds
Climb to 19,680' 10 minutes 50 seconds
Service Ceiling 25,580'
Range 350 miles
Armament  
Nose 2: MG, 7.7 mm MG

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