Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 Primo
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Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 Primo

Built in larger numbers than any other single-seat derivative of the S.V.A., the S.V.A.5 was a reconnaissance- fighter-bomber armed with two 7.7mm synchronised Vickers machine guns and carrying two reconnaissance cameras or light bombs slung on the fuselage sides on special clips. Initial production examples were powered by the 205hp SPA 6A engine, but later examples had the higher compression version of that engine rated at 230hp. Some S.V.A.5s were fitted with the 250hp Isotta-Fraschini V6 engine with which a maximum speed of 240km/h was attainable. The majority of the 1,248 S.V.A. aircraft built during 1917-18 were S.V.A.5s.

Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 Primo

    Take-off weight1050 kg2315 lb
    Empty weight680 kg1499 lb
    Wingspan9.10 m30 ft 10 in
    Length8.10 m27 ft 7 in
    Height2.65 m9 ft 8 in
    Wing area24.20 m2260.49 sq ft
    Max. speed230 km/h143 mph

Alberto Rizzi, 20.03.2018

The S.V.A. fighter series were probably the fastest aircrafts in the W.W.I skies, at least until the appearance of the Nieuport-Delage Ni.29: tested between March and May 1918, but that entered in service only in 1920; and that had more or less the same speed.
In spite of this and because its dimensions the S.V.A.s suffered poor manoeuvrability (if compared with the other single seat fighters, both Allied and Austro-Germans), but Italians used them in several occasions as an escort fighter for the Caproni bombers; but above all as a scout, with excellent results in this case; and in some long range reconnaissance flights too: like that over the Zeppelin factory in Friedrichshafen, 21st of May 1918.

Barry, 21.02.2012

There is an S.V.A.5 on display at Museo Storrico del Aeronautico Militaire Vigna de Valle in Italy.

Steve, 17.05.2010

I believe this was the best performance fighter of WW1.

luca, 28.09.2007

used to perform long distance raid on Vienna by La Serenissima Escadre

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