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Savoia-Marchetti SM.84

savoia-sm84


When it was realized that the S.79 could no longer measure up to foreign medium bombers, SIAI Marchetti designed a version initially called the SM.79bis and then SM.84. With respect to the S.79, the 1940 SM.84 featured a different and more rational internal fuselage design and had twin fins to improve the gunner's field of fire to the rear. The aircraft suffered from various difficulties and never equalled the performance of its predecessor.

SM.84
Engine: 3 x 746kW Piaggio P.XI piston radials
Max take-off weight: 13288 kg / 29295 lb
Wingspan: 21.13 m / 69 ft 4 in
Length: 17.93 m / 58 ft 10 in
Height: 4.59 m / 15 ft 1 in
Wing area: 61 sq.m / 656.60 sq ft
Max. speed: 432 km/h / 268 mph at 11,500 ft
Ceiling: 7900 m / 25900 ft
Range: 1830 km / 1137 miles at 225 mph
Armament: 4 x 12.7m machine-guns, 1600kg of bombs
Crew: 4/5

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