CANT Z.508

1st Flight 1936

The CANT Z.508 was a three-engine Italian flying boat developed from the CANT Z.501 for use as a heavy bomber.

Designed as a scaled up three engine version of the single-engine Z.501 for use as a heavy bomber.

The aircraft was not put into production although the prototype set several world records for its class, including the lifting of a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) load.



21.46 m (70 ft 5 in)


30.00 m (98 ft 5 in)


5.66 m (18 ft 7 in)


3 × Isotta-Fraschini Asso XI R.C.40 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engines, 630 kW (840 hp) each


Maximum speed

315 km/h (196 mph, 170 kn)

Alighting speed

121 km/h; 65 kn (75 mph)

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