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.
| Take-off weight||1050 kg||2315 lb|
| Empty weight||680 kg||1499 lb|
| Wingspan||9.10 m||30 ft 10 in|
| Length||8.10 m||27 ft 7 in|
| Height||2.65 m||9 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||24.20 m2||260.49 sq ft|
| Max. speed||230 km/h||143 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.
There is an S.V.A.5 on display at Museo Storrico del Aeronautico Militaire Vigna de Valle in Italy.
I believe this was the best performance fighter of WW1.
used to perform long distance raid on Vienna by La Serenissima Escadre
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