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Breda Ba.27

The Breda Ba.27 was a fighter produced in Italy in the 1930s, used by the Chinese Nationalist Air Force in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The Ba.27 was a low-wing braced monoplane with fixed tail wheel undercarriage.

As originally designed, the Ba.27 had a fuselage of steel tube construction, skinned with light corrugated alloy metal, and wooden wings and tail plane.

Evaluation of the two prototypes by the Regia Aeronautica in 1933 was strongly negative, resulting in an extensive redesign of the aircraft.

The fuselage shape was made more rounded and the pilot’s open cockpit was moved higher and forward to improve visibility.

The corrugated skinning was also replaced with smooth sheet metal.

A prototype of this revised version, known as the Metallico, was first flown in June 1934, but Regia Aeronautica’s appraisal was only a little more positive.



One pilot


7.67 m (25 ft 2 in)


10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)


3.40 m (11 ft 2 in)

Wing area

18.9 m2 (203 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,320 kg (2,910 lb)

Gross weight

1,850 kg (4,078 lb)


1 × Alfa Romeo Mercurius radial engine,

403 kW (540 hp)


Maximum speed

380 km/h (236 mph, 205 kn)


750 km (466 mi, 405 nmi)

Service ceiling

9,000 m (29,530 ft)

Rate of climb

11.1 m/s (2,180 ft/min)


2 × fixed, forward firing 12.7 mm (.5 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns.


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