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Italy's Imam Ro. 37 reconnaissance

Design

The Imam Ro. 37 was designed as a reconnaissance aircraft and first appeared in 1934.

The Ro. 37 was a biplane made from metal and wood.

Armament

There were one or two fixed machine guns in the front with a machine gun in the rear cockpit.

Production

  • Imam Ro. 37:
  • Imam Ro. 37 bis:
  • Manufacturer: Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali

Variants

  • Imam Ro. 37: Had Fiat A.30 RA bis engine.
  • Imam Ro. 37bis: Had Piaggio P.IX radial engine.

Usage

Was used in all Italian theaters of operation except Russia and the English Channel.

Spanish Civil War

The Ro. 37 was first used in the Spanish Civil War.

Africa

During World War II the Ro. 37 was also used as a ground support and fighter in Africa.

Specifications

  Imam Ro. 37
Type Reconniassance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Fiat A.30 RA bis
Cylinders V 12
HP 550
Cooling Liquid
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 36' 4"
Length 28' 3"
Height 9' 8"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,269 lb
Performance  
Speed 202 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling 22,000'
Range 1,025 miles
Armament 2 - 3: MG

Sources:

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