|Maiden Flight||30 April 1942|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe G.55 Centauro fighters were designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli to fill Italy's need for high altitude fighters. The prototype flew on 30 Apr 1942, and they entered service in 1943, most of them under the banner of the German puppet state in Northern Italy after Benito Mussolini's government fell after the Allied invasion of Sicily. Many German engineers cited their approval for the G.55 design, but because the much greater production time required to produce each fighter, the Germans never picked up this design for their own use. Production of the G.55 fighters continued into the post-war period, with new variants being released several years after the war had ended for Italy.
Last Major Revision: Jul 2006
|Machinery||One Fiat R.A 1050 Tifone liquid-cooled inverted V-12 engine rated at 1,475 hp|
|Armament||3x20mm Mg 151/20 cannons, 4x12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, optional 2x160kg bombs|
|Wing Area||21.11 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||2,630 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||3,718 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||620 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||12,700 m|
|Range, Normal||1,160 km|
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