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Italy's Fiat CANSA FC.20 attack

Design

Originally designed as a reconnaissance aircraft the Fiat CANSA FC.20 was made into an interceptor and ground attack aircraft.1

The FC.20 was a mid-wing monoplane that had an all metal structure and a composite cover.1

Prototype

Two of the FC.20's prototypes were completed in 1940.1 One was a ground attack aircraft and the other reconnaissance.1 A 37 mm cannon was installed in the ground attack aircraft but it failed to live up to expectations.1 It was then decided to make the FC.20 an interceptor.1

Production

  • Prototypes: 21
  • Fiat CANSA FC.20 pre-series: 101
  • Manufacturer: CANSA1

Usage

The FC.20 was difficult to handle and unstable in flight.1

Specifications

  Fiat CANSA FC.201
Type Attack1
Crew 2 - 31
Engine (Type) 2: Fiat A.74 RC 381
HP 840 each1
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
Dimensions  
Span 52' 6"1
Length 39' 11"1
Height 13' 2"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 13,950 lb1
Performance  
Speed @ 14,700' 261 mph1
Climb  
Service ceiling 24,110'1
Range 715 miles1
Armament 3: MG1
1: 37 mm1

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site