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Italy's Savoia-Marchetti SM.83 transport

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  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83 transport
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83 transport

Design

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.83 was designed to be a civilian transport and was based on the SM.79 bomber.

Production

  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83:
    • Production: 1937

Variants

  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83: Could carry 10 passengers.
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83A: Could carry 6 passengers.
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83T: Mail Plane

Usage

Passenger Travel

The SM.83s were used by the Ala Littoria S.A. Linee Atlantiche and Linee Aeree Transcontinentali Italiane (L.A.T.I.) to fly to South America from 1938 - 1939.

Mail Delivery

The SM.83A and SM.83T were used by the Ala Littoria.

Communications Transports

In 1940 ten of the SM.83s were used by the Commando Servizi Aerei Speciali to deliver communications to Italian colonies, South America, and Germany.

Military Transports

Eight of the SM.83s were assigned to the 615a Squadriglia "T" based at Guidonia and used as military transports.

Specifications

  SM.83
Type Civilian Transport
Crew 3
Passengers 10
Engine (Type) 3: Alfa Romeo 126 R.C. 34
Cylinders Radial 9
HP 750 each
Cooling Air
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 66' 3", 69' 6 5/8"
Length 53' 1.75", 53' 2"
Height 13' 5.5", 13' 6"
Wing area 656.6 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 14,960 lb
Loaded 22,600 lb
Performance  
Speed 275 mph, 276 mph
Speed - Cruising 248 mph
Climb to 9,840' 9 minutes
Climb to 13,120' 13 minutes 30 seconds
Service Ceiling 27,552'
Service Ceiling - 2 Engines 18,040'
Range 930 miles
  SM.83A
Type Civilian Transport
Crew 4
Passengers 6
Mail 2,200 lb
Engine (Type)  
Fuel Carried 5,698 lb
Weight  
Loaded 26,730 lb
  SM.83T
Type Mail Plane
Payload 1,100 lb
Engine (Type)  
Fuel Carried 8,140 lb
Weight  
Loaded 26,763 lb

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