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Romano Ro 92


Apart from their contract for the R-83, the Spanish Republicans financed development as the R-92 of a version of the same design powered by an Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs-l liquid-cooled 12-cylinder Vee engine rated at 900hp at 1900m. Similar to the R-83 apart from engine installation, an increase in vertical tail area, some local structural strengthening and the addition of a 20mm engine-mounted cannon to the armament, and in reverting to the gull configuration of the R-90, the R-92 prototype was apparently transported to a Sabena hangar at Evere, Brussels, for final assembly.

Euphemistically referred to as a "sportive plane" and assigned a Belgian civil registration, the R-92 was flight tested under the utmost secrecy by Jacques Lecarme of the French Centre d'Essais du Materiel Aerien (CEMA) before delivery to Barcelona in the summer of 1938. The subsequent fate of the sole example of the R-92 is unrecorded.

Wingspan: 8.88 m / 29 ft 2 in
Length: 7.63 m / 25 ft 0 in
Height: 3.10 m / 10 ft 2 in
Wing area: 21.00 sq.m / 226.04 sq ft


Romano R-92



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