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Italy's Cant Z.509 floatplane

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  • CANT Z.509 floatplane
  • CANT Z.509 floatplane

Design

The CANT Z.509 was similar to the CANT Z.506 but with better performance. It was to be used for postal service to South America.

Floats

The floats were water tight and divided into two compartments.

Specifications

  CANT Z.509 floatplane
Type Transport
Engine (Type) 3: Fiat A.80 R.C.41
Cylinders Radial
Cooling Air
HP 1,000 each
Dimensions  
Span 92' 11"
Length 62' 10"
Height 24' 8"
Wing area 1,075.8 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 22,000 lb
Loaded 35,200 lb
Performance  
Speed 260 mph
Speed at 14,760' 264 mph
Speed - Cruising 217 mph
Climb to 14,760' 14 minutes
Service Ceiling 26,240'
Range 2,329 - 2,484 miles, 2,500 miles

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