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Cesare04 #1 Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:20 PM

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IMAM RO. 44 Italian Fighter seaplane, single-seat, single engine


IMAM Ro.44 was a fighter seaplane produced by Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali (IMAM) in the thirties.
It was used as a fighter on board of larger units of the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) from the late interwar period and World War II.
Although it was fast enough to intercept machines like the Fairey Swordfish and Fairey Seafox, its actual performance (and sea-keeping capabilities) was so poor, that out of 51 ordered, only 35 were produced. They were used only in the Aegean Sea, with 161 Squadriglia having seven examples in service at the beginning of World War II but was soon retired from the front line and sent to seaplane schools. This was the last OFM/IMAM biplane to be designed.

Engine: Piaggio PX
Power: 700 CV at m. 1000
Wingspan: m. 11.57
Length: m. 9.71
Height: m. 3.55
Wing area: sqm. 33.36
Empty weight: kg. 1,770
Maximum load weight: kg. 2,220
Maximum speed: 316 km / h at 2,500 m.
Minimum speeds: 98 km / h.
Climb time: 8'40'' at 4,000 m.
Ceiling: m.6.900
Autonomy: km. 1,200
Armament:  2 x 12.7 mm machineguns in the fuselage
Designer: Gianni Galasso
First flight: October 1936


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Edited by Berbo, 16 June 2012 - 08:59 AM.

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