P.119 file photo [16204]


ManufacturerPiaggio Aero Industries
Primary RolePrototype Aircraft
Maiden Flight19 December 1942


ww2dbaseThe P.119 design was headed up by Giovanni Casiraghi of Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio starting in 1939. It was fairly innovative, calling for the engine to be mounted mid-fuselage, which moved the center of gravity to the center of the aircraft for better maneuverability and provided more space for nose-mounted armament. The layout was kept as simple as possible and many parts were standard Piaggio parts, for the ease of manufacturing and logistics should the design enter production. In Dec 1942, the all-metal prototype aircraft took its first flight. The prototype went through various tests through the first half of 1943. The Italian surrender in mid-1943 brought the P.119 project to an end.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Dec 2012

P.119 Timeline

19 Dec 1942 The P.119 prototype fighter took its first flight.
2 Aug 1943 The P.119 prototype fighter was damaged in a landing accident.


MachineryOne Piaggio P.XV RC.45 18 cylinder radial engine rated at 1,500hp
Armament1x20mm Breda-SAFAT cannon, 4x12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns
Span13.00 m
Length9.70 m
Height2.90 m
Wing Area27.80 m²
Weight, Empty2,438 kg
Weight, Loaded4,091 kg
Speed, Maximum644 km/h
Service Ceiling12,603 m
Range, Maximum1,513 km


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1. Patty Jar says:
20 Dec 2012 12:33:42 AM

It certainly was a fast plane eh? In other order of ideas, i'd like to suggest a "Random Article" button or menu option, it'd be nice.

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