The Fiat BR.20 Cicogna was the standard Italian bomber of the mid to late 1930’s, but it proved to be already obsolete during the French campaign during Italy’s entry into World War Two. This bomber was first proposed by Celestino Rosatelli, who envisioned a standardized bomber, in 1934. The two engine BR.20 was first flown on 10 February 1936 at Torino Alitalia and the first 20 units were delivered on 26 November 1937.
Although the aircraft looked relatively sleek and modern, it was already outclassed by other competitors. Nevertheless, a total of 234 BR.20’s, 279 BR.20M’s and 15 BR.20Bis were built. The BR.20M (Modified) and the BR.20Bis were unique to the original in the change of nose section and engines. These aircraft were operated in Malta, Battle of Britain, Yugoslavia and the Balkans.
|Model||FIAT BR.20 Cicogna|
|Engine||One Fiat A.22T Vee piston engine|
|Max Speed||158 MPH|
|Range||2,033 – 2,750 Km|
|Dimensions||Wingspan: 21.56m, Length: 16.78m, Height: 4.71m|
|Weight||Empty: 6,850 Kg, Full: 10,450 Kg|
|Armament||Two Breda SAFAT 7.7mm machine guns with 500 rounds. One 12.7mm Gun with 350 rounds. 1,600 Kg of bombs|
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