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Italy's Imam Ro.43 reconnaissance floatplane

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Meridionali Ro.43 fighter reconnaissance floatplane:
Italy's Meridionali Ro.43 fighter reconnaissance floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Meridionali Ro.43 fighter reconnaissance floatplane:
Italy's Meridionali Ro.43 fighter reconnaissance floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Imam Ro.43 reconnaissance floatplane:
Italy's Imam Ro.43 reconnaissance floatplane

Design

The Imam Ro.43 was based on the land based Ro.37.1

The Imam Ro.43 was used primarily as a catapult launched seaplane.1,2 It was assigned to Italian Navy ships, with cruisers carrying two Ro.43s, and battleships could carry up to four Ro.43s.1,2

The structure of the Ro.43 was composite.1 The wings could be folded backwards for easier storage.1

Production

  • Imam Ro.43:
  • Manufacturer: Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali1

Variants

  • Imam Ro.43: Reconnaissace.1
  • Imam Ro.44: Fighter.1 Single seat.1

Usage

The Imam Ro.43 remained in service until the Italian Armistice in September 1943.1

Specifications

  Imam Ro.43 floatplane
Type Fighter2, Reconnaissance1,2
Crew 21,2
Engine (Type) 1: Piaggio P.XR1,2
Cylinders Radial2, Radial 91
Cooling Air1,2
HP 7001,2
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 37' 11"1,2
Length 31' 10"1, 31' 11"2
Height 11' 6"1,2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 3,900 lb2, 5,300 lb1
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed 185 mph2
Speed @ 6,500' 188 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 23,600'1
Range 678 miles1, 930 miles2
Armament 2: MG1
Nose 2: MG2
Cockpit rear 1: MG2

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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