|Manufacturer||Piaggio Aero Industries|
|Primary Role||Prototype Aircraft|
|Maiden Flight||19 December 1942|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
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.
Last Major Revision: Dec 2012
|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.|
|Machinery||One Piaggio P.XV RC.45 18 cylinder radial engine rated at 1,500hp|
|Armament||1x20mm Breda-SAFAT cannon, 4x12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns|
|Wing Area||27.80 m²|
|Weight, Empty||2,438 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||4,091 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||644 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||12,603 m|
|Range, Maximum||1,513 km|
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