Breda A.7

1st Flight 1928

Military Users – Regia Aeronautica

The Breda A.7 was a reconnaissance aircraft developed in Italy for use by the Regia Aeronautica in 1929.

Breda A.7

It was a braced parasol monoplane of conventional configuration with tailskid undercarriage.

The pilot and observer sat in tandem, open cockpits.

Breda A.7

A single prototype of a long-range example, originally designated A.7 Raid and later A.16 was also constructed.

The air force showed no interest in it.

Breda A.7

Specifications-

Crew: 2

Length: 10.515 m (34 ft 6 in)

Breda A.7

Wingspan: 15.78 m (51 ft 9 in)

Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)

Wing area: 43 m2 (460 sq ft)

Empty weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)

Gross weight: 2,500 kg (5,512 lb)

Power plant: 1 × Isotta Fraschini Asso 500 V-12 water-cooled piston engine, 370 kW (500 hp)

Breda A.7

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch wooden propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 235 km/h (146 mph, 127 kn)

Stall speed: 75 km/h (47 mph, 40 kn)

Range: 1,200 km (750 mi, 650 nmi)

Endurance: 6 hours

Breda A.7

Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21,300 ft)

Rate of climb: 4.6 m/s (910 ft/min)

Wing loading: 58 kg/m2 (12 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass: 0.150 kW/kg (0.091 hp/lb)

Armament

Guns: 1x fixed synchronized forward-firing 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Vickers machine-gun plus 1× 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Lewis Gun on a flexible mount for the observer

Breda A.7

Credits-

The Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics

Wikipedia

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