SM.82 Marsupiale file photo [5100]

SM.82 Marsupiale

CountryItaly
ManufacturerSavoia-Marchetti
Primary RoleMedium Bomber
Maiden Flight1 January 1939

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ww2dbaseThe SM.82 Marsupiale ("Marsupial") bombers were based on the design of the SM.75 Marsupiale civilian transport. Compared to their predecessors, they had deeper and longer fuselage. The fuselage were of mixed construction, having the framework made of welded steel tubes and the skin made of light alloy, fabric, and plywood. The wings were built almost entirely of wood; inside the wings were 12 self-sealing fuel tanks, carrying a total of 4,403-kg of fuel. There was an additional tank in the nose of each aircraft, which carried higher octane fuel for takeoff use. In the interior, they had two decks, with the upper deck holding 32 seats and the lower deck open for cargo; the upper deck could be removed for transporting large cargo or when they were at times used as bombers.

ww2dbaseAfter the prototype took flight in 1939, the Italian air force Regia Aeronautica began receiving production SM.82 Marsupiale aircraft in 1940. Although underpowered and slow, they were immediately deployed as long range transports to shuttle men and supplies between Italy and Africa. In Aug 1940, they surprised the British with their capabilities as night bombers, although one aircraft was shot down. They continued to perform the occasional bombing missions, some at very long distances, targeting Gibraltar and Alexandria, Egypt.

ww2dbaseProduction of SM.82 Marsupiale transports doubled in 1942, just in time to meet an escalated level of war. Between Nov 1942 and Apr 1943, over one hundred of them were lost, some destroyed on the ground after Allied bombing.

ww2dbaseAfter the Italian surrender in Sep 1943, the Germans took over most of the remaining functioning SM.82 Marsupiale transports, numbering at about 200, while the Italian Co-Belligerent government operated 29. The Germans continued to produce SM.82 Marsupiale transports until the end of the war. Total production reached somewhere between 700 to 750 units.

ww2dbaseAfter WW2, 30 SM.82 Marsupiale transport remained in service with the new Italian air force. The last SM.82 aircraft retired from military service in the early 1960s.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Oct 2007

SPECIFICATIONS

SM.82 Marsupiale
MachineryThree Alfa Romeo 128 RC.18 radial engines rated at 860hp each
Armament1x12.7mm Scotti machine gun in dorsal turret, 3x7.7mm Breda SAFAT machine guns in ventral and lateral positions, optional 4,000kg of bombs
Crew4
Span29.68 m
Length22.90 m
Height6.00 m
Wing Area118.60 m²
Weight, Empty10,550 kg
Weight, Maximum18,020 kg
Speed, Maximum347 km/h
Speed, Cruising250 km/h
Service Ceiling6,000 m
Range, Normal2,100 km

Photographs

SM.82 Marsupiale transport at rest, circa early 1940sSM.82 Marsupiale transport delivering paratroopers, circa early 1940sSM.82 Marsupiale transport being serviced at an airfield, circa early 1940s




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Renato Vita says:
14 Jan 2012 02:10:48 AM

18/10/1940 The longest distance bombing mission of SM82: 4 Marsupial (Muti/Federici/Meyer/Zanetti) started from Gadurrą - Rodhes, went to bombing Bahrein oil refineries and landed without a scratch in Massaua ! ...distance 4.100 km. - 15 hours and 33 minutes ... for the period. 1940, it was another record of italian aircraft in the world ... may be the last one !

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