Wednesday, March 11, 2015


The Breda 82 medium bomber of 1937 was powered by two 1000 h.p. FIAT A.80 R.C.41 radial engines. A low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear, the Breda 82 featured the then-popular but aerodynamically-inefficient "pigeon-chested" fuselage with forward gun turret above the bombardier's position.

Additional guns were located in dorsal and ventral turrets. The wing had split-flaps along the trailing edge. Dimensions were: span 68 ft. 11 in., length 45 ft. 11 in., and height 14 ft. 9 in. Performance included maximum and landing speeds of 264 m.p.h. and 81 m.p.h. respectively, and an absolute ceiling of 31,160 ft. The Breda 82 never went into production, as the FIAT A.80 proved to be unreliable and the Regia Aeronautica expressed preference for three-engined bombers.

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