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Italy's Meridionali Ro.44 fighter, floatplane

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  • Meridionali Ro. 44 floatplane
  • Meridionali Ro. 44 floatplane

Design

The Meridionali Ro.44 is a single seat version of the Ro.43.

Production

  • Meridionali Ro.44: <50

Usage

1939

There were 31 Ro.44s in service and they were with the 161a Squadriglia Caccia Marina at Lero and on warships.

September 1943

There were six Ro.44s left at the time of Italy's surrender. They were a part of the 2a and 3a Squadriglie Forze Navali.

Specifications

  Meridionali Ro.44
Type Fighter, Floatplane
Engine (Type) 1: Piaggio P.XII
Cylinders Radial
Cooling Air
HP 700
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 37' 11"
Length 31' 11"
Height 11' 6"
Weight  
Empty 3,894 lb
Loaded 4,800 lb, 4,884 lb
Performance  
Speed 195 mph
Speed at 8,200' 189 mph
Speed - Cruising 173 mph
Climb to 6,560' 3 minutes 30 seconds
Climb to 13,120' 8 minutes 40 seconds
Climb to 16,400' 12 minutes 30 seconds
Service Ceiling 22,960'
Endurance 2 - 5 hours
Range 298 - 745 miles, 745 miles
Armament  
Nose 2: MG, 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT 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