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The Ansaldo A.1 was the only Italian built fighter aircraft in World War I. It was nicknamed "Balilla". The first 100

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Ansaldo A. 1s entered operational service in July 1918. They scored only one victory, over an Austro-Hungarian reconnaissance aircraft. The Balillas were only used by the Italians for home-defence duties.

Specifications (A.1bis) Edit

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 6.84 m (22 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.68 m (25 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.53 m (8 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 21.2 m2 (228 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 640 kg (1,410 lb)
  • Gross weight: 885 kg (1,950 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SPA 6A piston engine, 164 kW (220 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (140 mph)
  • Range: 660 km (410 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.7 m/s (520 ft/min)

Armament

References Edit

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 62.
  • airwar.ru

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