The CR.106 Fattore (Farmer) was an early 30s ground attack aircraft.It was commissioned by the DFM (Defense Ministry) on behalf of the king Vittorio Emanuele III di Savoia,as the global situation was getting tenser day by day,in order to be prepared to an eventual war.Santoni started the project with Alfa Romeo and Fiat,as they were the best transportation companies in the kingdom of Italy (yes italy was a kingdom until 1947).
The first prototype was built in 1932,named Santoni AAS V1.
The prototype was actually really slow,229 kph at 9000m.It had a fixed landing gear and poor maneuverability.The V2 had a retracting landing gear installed,but it was on the wing,not in the engine.It was faster,with 298 kph at 9000m.It was still too slow.The V3 had a retracting landing gear on the engine,that retracted bacwards making the wheels rest in a -45° position,but outside the fuselage.It was much faster than its predecessors,with 350 kph under its hood.Since it was a ground attack aircraft,the DFM decided that it was """""""""good enough""""""""""". So the ISI (Industrie Siderurgiche Italiane,Italian Metal Industries) started producing it. A total number of 386 were built,of which only 28 were shot down,mainly because of their agility and not frequent use in well defensed battles.In 1951,it was equipped with 2 rocket pods.After the war 35 CR.106 were sold to the French. 4 were sold to the Chinese,that modified it by fitting it with turboprop engine and ATG missiles,called Santoni Chi Mang. (sorry chinese friends if thats not a chinese sounding name o_o).
AG1: Drop bomb Cal 0.5 Type 7 "Furia"
AG3: Drop empty CIAV rocket pod (Commissione Italiana per Armi per Velivoli)
AG5: Open canopy
- Predecessor Santoni D40 Scrutatore
- Created On Android
- Wingspan 43.7ft (13.3m)
- Length 28.8ft (8.8m)
- Height 12.4ft (3.8m)
- Empty Weight 7,228lbs (3,278kg)
- Loaded Weight 9,004lbs (4,084kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.362
- Wing Loading 36.0lbs/ft2 (175.7kg/m2)
- Wing Area 250.3ft2 (23.3m2)
- Drag Points 5310
- Number of Parts 157
- Control Surfaces 8