Breda Ba.64

1st Flight 1934

Military Users- Regia Aeronautica.

Breda Ba.64

The Breda Ba.64 was an Italian single-engine ground-attack aircraft used by the Regia Aeronautica during the 1930s.

Breda Ba.64

Designed by Antonio Parano and Giuseppe Panzeri, it saw limited service in two units from 1936, together with the contemporary Caproni A.P.1.

It was retired from active service in 1939, replaced by the more powerful derivative, the Ba.65.

Breda Ba.64

A development of the earlier Ba.27 fighter (1932), the Ba.64 was designed in 1933 to requirements set out by the Regia Aeronautica for an aircraft able to undertake multiple roles: fighter, bomber and reconnaissance.

The aircraft featured an all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane with a wire braced tail unit and fixed tail wheel.

Breda Ba.64

The open cockpit was placed well forward on the fuselage in line with the wing roots to provide an excellent field of vision down as well as forward.

The headrest behind the cockpit was extended as a streamlined fairing all the way down the fuselage upper decking to the tail.

Breda Ba.64

Two prototypes powered by a 522 kW (700 hp) Bristol Pegasus were developed, the first as a two-seater bomber with an armament of four 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns in the wings and up to 400 kg (882 lb) of bombs in racks under the wings.

The second was a single seat fighter configuration fitted with a semi-retractable main landing gear that when in its rearward retracted position, provided less drag as well as protection in case of a wheels-up landing.

Breda Ba.64

The first prototype flew in 1934 but flight tests revealed a lackluster performance despite the use of a variable-pitch, three-blade propeller.

Nonetheless, a limited production order was placed for a composite variant that combined the two-place configuration of the bomber with the semi-retractable fighter landing gear.

Breda Ba.64

The production variant was powered by a 485 kW (650 hp) Alfa Romeo 125C and although single-seat variants were built, all the Ba.64s were converted to two-place bomber/attack aircraft with a single 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine gun mounted in the rear cockpit.

Production of the 42 Ba.64s was complete by 1936.

Breda Ba.64

Specifications-

Crew: 2

Length: 9.72 m (31 ft 11 in)

Wingspan: 12.1 m (39 ft 8 in)

Height: 3.14 m (10 ft 4 in)

Breda Ba.64

Wing area: 23.5 m2 (253 sq ft)

Empty weight: 2,030 kg (4,475 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 3,034 kg (6,689 lb)

Power plant: 1 × Alfa Romeo 125 R.C.35 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 485 kW (650 hp)

Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propeller

Breda Ba.64

Performance

Maximum speed: 350 km/h (220 mph, 190 kn)

Range: 900 km (560 mi, 490 nmi)

Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament

Guns:

2 × 12.7 mm (.50 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns

3 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns

Bombs:

544 kg (1,200 lb)

Breda Ba.64

Credits-

The Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics

Wikipedia

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