One of the vital distinctive and memorable plane in historical past involves Microsoft Flight Simulator.
At the moment we’re happy to introduce the fourth airplane within the Microsoft Flight Simulator “Native Legends” sequence, the S.55. The “Native Legends” sequence celebrates the historical past of aviation and this airplane, a twin-engine flying boat produced by Italian aviation producer Savoia-Marchetti of Milan, is linked to our most up-to-date World Replace IX: Italy and Malta. It includes a catamaran hull design, twin tail booms, triple vertical stabilizers, and a tractor-pusher engine-propulsion system mounted above its predominant wing. Constructed primarily of wooden, the hydroplane’s cockpit is situated within the ahead mid-section of the primary wing and its hulls can be configured to hold a quantity of combos of gas, passengers, and cargo.
Savoia-Marchetti conceived the distinctive craft through the inter-war interval to serve army roles, primarily that of a torpedo bomber, with its payload (which may additionally embody bombs) slung beneath the centerline of the primary wing between its two hulls. The premise was that the S.55 may wait at sea and surveil an space for approaching ships, then launch and assault. The hydroplane roared into the sky for the primary time in August of 1924. Whereas the Italian army initially disapproved of the idea, they adopted the flying boat into service in 1926. The airplane engaged briefly in fight (through the Spanish Civil Battle), however its enduring legacy is its operations as plane of alternative for quite a lot of long-range flights, notably trans-Atlantic journeys.
This prototype model of the S.55, Jahú, was flown by Brazilian aviator João Ribeiro de Barros, from Genoa, Italy, to Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishing the unbelievable voyage in 1927. The inspiring journey marked the primary time that aviators hailing from the Western Hemisphere accomplished a trans-Atlantic flight. The Jahú is the final surviving Savoia-Marchetti S.55 and is on show on the TAM Museum within the Brazilian metropolis of São Carlos.
This model of the S.55 options twin V-12 510-horsepower Isotta Fraschini water-cooled engines, in a tractor-pusher configuration, every turning two-blade wood propellers, offering a cruise pace of roughly 110 miles per hour.
This mannequin, the S.55X, from 1933, represents the ultimate and most superior iteration of the airframe produced. Solely 25 have been constructed. With an 800-horsepower Isotta Fraschini W-18 engines driving three-blade steel propellers and improved instrumentation, the S.55X boasts the very best efficiency and best vary of all S.55 variants.
Shortly after their completion, all 25 ‘X’ fashions participated in a mass trans-Atlantic formation flight, referred to as the “Decennial Air Cruise,” led by Basic Italo Balbo of the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Drive). This flight, from Rome to Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress world’s truthful, is one in every of aviation historical past’s best success tales. It proved the standard of design and craftsmanship of the S.55X, the intrepidness and ability of the Italian aviators, and demonstrated that trans-Atlantic passenger service by airplane was possible.
The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 and S.55X can be found as a package deal within the Microsoft Flight Simulator in-sim market right this moment for $14.99. We’ll proceed to introduce plane to the “Native Legends” sequence within the coming months. The sky is asking!
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