Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Long Range Floatplane

Fiat (CMASA) RS.14
On receiving a joint requirement from the air force and the navy, CMASA, a FIAT subsidiary, developed the RS.14, a floatplane for maritime reconnaissance. 186 examples were produced (including 2 prototypes), and were used with great success. The aircraft could also be converted for attack missions by fitting a canoe-shaped belly pod able to carry to 400 kg of bombs. Maximum range was 2500 km, top speed - 390 km/h. (Source: Virtual Aircraft Museum)
Color photo: Aerei della Regia Aeronautica website

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