Fiat B.R.1, the italian Swordfish.

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Fiat B.R.1

History.

The FIAT B.R.1 (Bombardiere Rosatelli 1) was a two-seat biplane bomber made of mixed wood and canvas produced by the Italian company Fiat in the 1920s. It was the evolution of the previous Fiat B.R., to whose creation the engineer Celestino Rosatelli dedicated himself starting from 1923. It was, essentially, an update of the previous Fiat B.R. aircraft, which took over from it starting from 1924. Already from that year the aircraft was immediately integrated into the ranks of the Regia Aeronautica, and almost all the examples produced were put into service. Some examples were tested for new bomb cylinders and the plane, given the good results obtained as a light reconnaissance bomber, also aroused a certain interest in China, Hungary and Svenska flygvapnet, the Swedish air force, which purchased two specimens, which were decommissioned in 1937 after little use. From this aircraft came others of the same series also designed by the engineer Rosatelli and which met with a certain success, as well as various other vehicles by Rosatelli himself.

Armaments and propulsion.

The aircraft was armed with a 8 mm Saint-Étienne machine gun mod. 1907 placed in a rotating carriage placed behind, usable by the rear machine gunner. Furthermore the aircraft could load 1 torpedo or 630 kg of bombs. In terms of engine, the aircraft was powered by a 700 hp Fiat A.14 engine. With this engine the plane could reach a maximum speed of 240 km/h.

Specifications.

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Crew: 2
Length: 10.47 m
Wingspan: 17.30 m
Height: 3.91 m
Wing surface area: 77.20 m²
Maximum weight: 3,930 kg
Engine: 1x Fiat A.14, twelve-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 700 HP
Maximum speed: 240 km/h
Maximum autonomy: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Armament: 1x 8 mm machine gun, 6x bombs or 1x torpedo

Pictures and drawnings.

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Sources.

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Fiat B.R.1 - Wikipedia
Fiat  B
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_B.R.
Fiat B.R.1 - Wikiwand
Fiat A-14
Accident Fiat BR.1 25536,
B 1 and B 2 - Fiat BR-BR1
Fiat BR Fiat BR1
https://www.avionslegendaires.net/avion-militaire/fiat-br-1/
Fiat BR - Aeronautica Militare
B 1 & B 2 - FIAT BR & BR1
Fiat B.R.1
samolotypolskie.pl - Fiat BR-1

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Why not. A sort of Italian Po-2!

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+1, both Italy and Sweden.

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Would be a neat vehicle as a rank one premium, something interesting that might attract more players to Italy.

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