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Italy's Meridionali Ro.58 fighter

Design

The Meridionali Ro.58 was designed to be similar to the Messerschmitt Bf 110.

Construction

The Ro.58 was all metal construction.

Engines

The prototype had Daimler-Benz engines and it was planned to have FIAT R.A.1050 R.C.58 Tifone engines in the production models.

Production

  • Meridionali Ro.58 prototype: 1
    • Manufacturer: Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali (IMAM)
    • Production: 1943

Variants

  • Meridionali Ro.58:

Usage

Only one prototype was completed before Italy surrendered in September 1943.

Specifications

  Meridionali Ro.58
Type Fighter
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Daimler-Benz DB 601A-1
Cylinders Inverted V 12
HP 1,175 each
Dimensions  
Span 43' 11.5"
Length 32' 5.75"
Height 11' 1 7/8"
Wing area 282 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 9,590 lb
Loaded 13,448 lb
Performance  
Speed at 17,060' 376 mph
Speed - Cruising 314 mph
Climb to 19,680' 9 minutes
Service Ceiling 31,170'
Range 932 miles
Armament  
Nose 5: Mauser MG 151 cannon
Cockpit Rear 1: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun

Sources:

  1. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site