FIAT G55 CENTAURO SERIE1
AG1: OPEN/CLOSE cockpit
AG2: navigation lights
MG 151 (20 mm), Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)
The G.55 serie 1 is armed with:
1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, nose-mounted (250 rpg)
2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)
The Fiat G.55 serie 1 (G.55/1) was the first production aircraft series of the Fiat G.55 family. The aircraft's origins can be traced to a variant of the Fiat G.50, to be powered by a new Fiat RA.1050 inline engine (a license-built variant of the DB-605).
The first G.55 prototype flew on 30 April 1942, immediately exhibiting its great flight performance and handling characteristics.
Though initially equipped with a 20 mm MG151/20 cannon and four Breda SAFAT machine guns, the design was revised to include two additional cannons replacing two of the wing-mounted machine guns.
This armament scheme became the standard for G.55/1 aircraft, though some had field-modified wing machine guns instead of the cannons.
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- Wingspan 38.3ft (11.7m)
- Length 30.7ft (9.3m)
- Height 11.8ft (3.6m)
- Empty Weight 12,864lbs (5,835kg)
- Loaded Weight 13,485lbs (6,116kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.109
- Wing Loading 26.8lbs/ft2 (131.0kg/m2)
- Wing Area 502.5ft2 (46.7m2)
- Drag Points 1400
- Number of Parts 848
- Control Surfaces 6