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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


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)


  • 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)


References Edit

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

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