Savoia Marchetti SM93: The flying Autobus

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Description: The Savoia Marchetti SM93 was an all-metal Italian dive bomber of the Second World War. During 1942, the Italian company Savoia Marchetti started to design a completely new design for a dive bomber. The aircraft had a completely new design, featuring a new position for the pilot. During the flight, the pilot sat like in every other aircraft, but during the dive, the pilot was stretched out. Thanks to this feature, the pilot during the dive didn’t lose consciousness and was able to strike the target better. The project gained interest from the Italian Air Force, which commissioned two prototypes for the evaluations. In 1943, the construction of the prototypes started, and when the armistice stopped, every Italian project was left unfinished. The Savoia Marchetti, after this event, decided to finish the construction of the prototype, and after the Germans occupied Northern Italy, they followed the work. The prototype was completed in January 1944, and it flew for the first time on the 31st of the same month with the pilot, Fernando Rosei. After those evaluations, although the machine showed extremely good performance, the German air force, the Luftwaffe, stopped the development since they didn’t want Italy to build and develop new technology (similar to what they did with Re2006, G56, C206, and ecc).

Why it should be in the game: It will be a very good CAS thanks to it’s sistem that will allow to the pilot of not being unconsciouness (in game it will mean that after the dive Your screen won’t turn black and you will be able to control Your aircraft normally) and it will also offer a good number of weapons with a good engine and flight carapterics.

Specifications

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Crew: 2
Length: 11m (36ft 1.8in)
Wingspan: 13.9 m (45 ft 7.2 in)
Height: 3.8m (12ft 5.5in)
Wing area: 31.09 m2 (334.7 sq ft)
Curb weight: 3,544 kg (7,814 lb)
Gross weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lbs)
Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 605A V-12 liquid-cooled inverted piston engine, 1,100 kW (1,475 hp)
Maximum speed: 580 km/h (360 mph, 310 kn)
Cruising speed: 505 km/h (314 mph, 273 kn)
Never exceed speed: 950 km/h (590 mph, 510 kn)
Range: 1,600 km (994 mi, 864 nmi)
Service ceiling: 10,000 m (32,800 ft)
Time to altitude: 4,000 m (13,000 ft) in 5 minutes 10 seconds
Wing loading: 176.9 kg/m2 (36.2 lb/sq ft)
Power/Mass: 0.2 kW/kg (0.122 hp/lb)

Armaments

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Guns:
1 × 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon (150 rounds) firing through the propeller hub
2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) Breda-SAFAT machine guns (with 350 rpg) in wings
1 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) Breda-SAFAT machine gun on a flexible mount in rear cockpit
Bombs: total 1,451.5 kg (3,200 lb)
816.5 kg (1,800 lb) 1800 lb under fuselage
317.5 kg (700 lb) 1400 lb under each wing

Sources

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Savoia-Marchetti SM.93 - Wikipedia
Prototipi della Regia Aeronautica: Savoia Marchetti SM.93 | Aviation Collectables Company
Savoia-Marchetti S.M.93 - Wikipedia
Savoia-Marchetti SM.93 - Destination's Journey
"Штука" по-итальянски - 477768 — LiveJournal
Savoia Marchetti SM-93 ::: http://fandavion.free.fr

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always up for ugly ducklings in-game, be interesting to see if they would actually add the g-force reduction for the pilot, and what position he would be in the game, either way, an interesting addition.

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Brutally ugly, and this is why I like it.

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+1

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An Italian alternative to the Stuka! +1

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Unique aircraft designs should always be welcome.

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+1 love this thing, flying the plane in a prone position XD

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https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/389181325258784780/1159129013986529430/image.png?ex=651ec284&is=651d7104&hm=0fbe826f8e0485ea29cd3f189d3df94c03913a7290c07e83755e1e16e5c5be08&

Scheme with Data about plane’s performances and loads configurations

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+1 this is a must, it needs to be added, its such a pecualir vehicle

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Goofy but I want

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Fun fact: in the B24 capture’s video of the “istituto Luce” you can actually see it do a flyby
https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/309336363893915648/1187389231430111262/400999844_122130545936037099_3214914666050945262_n.jpg?ex=6596b565&is=65844065&hm=017a07c839eba25cc84612621f6472c8a7635b21d0f9ee3b7d4294bc6c385081&

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Unique airplane would be nice to see it in the game

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Suggestion passed to the developers for consideration.