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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Airborne alfas

We have, buses, alfa marine, and how about flying alfas? I recall I have read sometime ago an article about Italian WWII bombers and what caught my attention were these:

Savoia-Marchetti SM.79.1 Powered by 9cyl Alfa Romeo 125 RC.35s (680 hp engine) If you have any, other info about airborne serpents, well I guess here is the place where we can learn more about them
**** those bombers look good...
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Have to agree, the aesthetics of Savoia-Marchetti are just way cool Not sure how they were on performance but their lines are awesome!

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CANT Z 1018bis, fitted with the 18-cyl, double row Alfa 135. Only a few examples built late into the war...
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Cant 1018

Please note that the cant z1018 was designed to take the ar 135motor ,however only the prototype was fitted with the Alfa engine .The photo posted above shows the later aircraft fitted with Piaggio motors,
I should have a photo of the AR equipped plane and will post as soon as it is to hand.
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Cant Z.1018 Ar 135

Attached the photo of Cant Z.1018 with AR 135 engines ,note the difference in the engine cowlings to the Piaggio units.
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flying Alfas

I think that Pete opened a great thread with this one . I have always been interested in aircraft powered by Ar motors even if these were only one offs.
I thought that I would post photos of some of the more unusual aircraft that flew under Alfa power ,

1. SIAI-Marchetti SM.80 -1- AR built Colombo S.63.
2. Macchi MC.94 -2- AR 126.
3. Macchi c.100 -3 - AR 126
4. SIAI - Marchetti SM.95 a few examples fitted with 4 ar.128.
5 bestetti bn.1 - 2- AR 115.
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I thought that I could post some more here ,all Caproni aircraft this time.
1. CAPRONI AP.1 - 1-AR 125 RC35.
2. CAPRONI CA.164 - 1-AR115-1-bis
3. CAPRONI CA.97 - 1 -ALFA ROMEO JUPITER.
4. ALFA/CAPRONI A CAPRONI CA.100 FITTED WITH AN ALFA ROMEO AR6c1750 MOTOR .THIS PLANE ACTUALLY CARRIED AN ALFA BADGE ON THE RADIATOR,
5. DETAIL OF ALFA-CAPRONI ENGINE INSTALLATION.
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The Italians built some fantastic stuff. When the Fiat powered Macchi M.C.72 set the world speed record in 1934 the U.S. govt. was so concerned they did a detailed study of its engine and passed it around to all the U.S. manufacturers. It's engine was made by Fiat, but a lot of the design features showed up in later Alfa Romeo automobile engines. I still have that study, it's fascinating reading.

The engine in that biplane appears to be supercharged, that's pretty advanced for the biplane era.
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The Italians built some fantastic stuff. When the Fiat powered Macchi M.C.72 set the world speed record in 1934 the U.S. govt. was so concerned they did a detailed study of its engine and passed it around to all the U.S. manufacturers. It's engine was made by Fiat, but a lot of the design features showed up in later Alfa Romeo automobile engines. I still have that study, it's fascinating reading.

The engine in that biplane appears to be supercharged, that's pretty advanced for the biplane era.

I used to vist Eurotec of New Jersey in the late eighties. Mr Domenic Calassco, formerly cheif mechanic for Alfa Romeo Inc, had some nice photos of the Macchi displayed in the office, as a young man he had work on the record breaking seaplane.

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post #10 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-19-2007, 10:32 AM
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Airborne Alfas

Some more AR powered aircraft........
1 . CANT Z,1010 1-AR 110-1
2 . CAPRONI CA.113 AQ 1- ALFAROMEO PEGASUS ( THIS AIRCRAFT SET A NEW ALTITUDE RECORD FOR PROPELLOR AIRCRAFT ,PILOTED BY RENATO DONATI at 14.433mt 11/4/1934. a womans altitude record was also set by this aircraft by Contess Carina Negrone at12.043mt on 24/6/1935. A later version of this aircraft the CA.164 powered by a Piaggio motor set the record for prop driven aircraft which remains unbeaten to this day.N.B NOTE THE SIZE OF THE PROPELLOR.
3 , CAPRONI CA.114 1- ALFA ROMEO MERCURY 1V 530HP.
2PROTO. 12TO PERU.
4 . CAPRONI CA603 1- ALFA ROMEO AR115.
5 . KAPRONI BULGARSKI KB11-11 (BULGARIA) 1-ALFA ROMEO AR126 RC34
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AND A FEW MORE AR POWERED ODDITIES...
1 . CAPRONI CA.109 1-ALFA ROMEO LYNX I ONLY.
2 . CANT Z.1012 3- ALFA ROMEO AR 115 ( ALSO FITTED WITH AR 110 ENGINES)
3 . DAR 10A (BULGARIA) 1- ALFA ROMEO AR126 RC34, 1 ONLY.
4 . DAR 3-11 ( BULGARIA) 1- ALFA ROMEO AR 126RC34 ..
5 . MAGNI JONA J.6 1- ALFA ROMEO D.2-C30 9cyl 120HP.
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Wiki has a decent page on Alfa airplane engines..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...rcraft_engines

and there is the Campini-Camproni powered by an Alfa jet engine..

http://www.regiamarina.net/arsenals/...jet/jet_us.htm

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Airborne Alfas

I have seen that entry relating to the Campini-Caproni jet (?) powered aircraft ,I believe that it may be in error and that the compressor engine was in fast an Isotta-Fraschini and not an Alfa. There were a couple of prototypes and a static ground test example so of course it is possible that one of these was fitted with an Alfa motor.
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I see many weird home made planes around the net, and i always liked unconventional thinking. Can the 4-dohc engine of our cars used in a plane?
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post #15 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 11:08 AM
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It could be used in an "experimental" catagory airplane. I don't know of any airplane flying with one.
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