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Italy's Umbra MB.902 Heavy fighter

Design

The Umbra MB.902 was designed by Engineer Bellomo.

Construction

The MB.902 was of an all metal construction.

Engines

The engines were located in the fuselage that used extension shafts to drive the propellers in the wings. This made for a very aerodynamic aircraft without the usual large engine nacelles.

Landing Gear

The MB.902 had tricycle landing gear, which was only one of two Italian aircraft designs to have use them.

Prototype

With the surrender of Italy in September 1943, construction was halted and the only prototype destroyed.

Production

  • Umbra MB.902 prototype: 1

Specifications

  Umbra MB.902
Type Heavy Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) 2: FIAT R.A.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (licensed DB 605A)
Cylinders V 12
HP 1,475 each
Cooling Liquid
Dimensions  
Span 47' 1.25"
Length 46' 11.75"
Wing area 341.1 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 12,650 lb
Loaded 15,840 lb
Performance  
Speed at 19,680' 429 mph
Speed - Cruising 261 mph
Service Ceiling 34,440'
Range 1,056
Armament  
Nose 4: 12.7 mm
2: 20 mm

Sources:

  1. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site