Macchi M.C.72

1931

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Macchi M.C.72

First flown in June 1931, the MC.72 was a single-seat twin-float seaplane built originally to compete in the 1931 Schneider Trophy Contest. It was unable to take part because of defects in its experimental engine; but development enabled the aircraft to set a world speed record on 10 April 1933 of 682.078km/h, followed by others in the same year and in 1934.

Macchi M.C.72

Specification 
 CREW1
 ENGINE2 x FIAT A.S.6, 2280kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight2907 kg6409 lb
  Empty weight2500 kg5512 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan9.5 m31 ft 2 in
  Length8.2 m27 ft 11 in
  Height3.3 m11 ft 10 in
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed702 km/h436 mph

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pGolay, e-mail, 11.11.2014 01:07

Chpapa, have you scanned the plans by any chance? Like many others' I am sure, I am looking for some accurate and detailed plans for this plane.

thanks, Pascal

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Mauro Laurenzi, e-mail, 03.02.2014 14:47

709,209 km /h was the 1934 record as average of 5 passages while the third one was at 711,462 km /h and another not official of 730 kliks made a few month later.....not bad isn't it?

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chpapa, e-mail, 09.02.2011 20:17

While working at Alenia in Torino Italy I came across an original blue print of this aircraft in the trash (bottom picture view with engine and structural view. I took it and had it framed, but I was not able to get much information on this plane until I found this web site. Thanks for the information on Vigna di Valle Italian Air Force Museum. I'll be visiting this museum on my next trip to Italy!

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Rich LaConte, e-mail, 11.03.2010 19:56

Looking at the design of this machine, one wonders if the floats were jettisoned or replaced by retracting gear, would it have exceeded the present max speed record for a propeller driven plane.

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J. Graham, e-mail, 05.02.2010 02:48

I made a trip to Rome. I read of the Vigna di Valle Italian Air Force Museum. I rented a car and drove to Lake Bracciano. I saw the MC-72 and dozens of other wonderful aircraft. Recommend that you study the Museum data. While there be certain to see the Odescalchi Castle and the beautiful medieval city of Anguillara. Lake Bracciano is an extinct volcano crater. Be certain to stay at least two days in the region. It will be unforgettable. I would be pleased to try to answer questions pertaining to this visit.

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Steve Knob, e-mail, 08.03.2009 04:30

It's speed record of 682.078km /h (approx. 440 mph!) still stands to this day for a propeller driven float plane

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vfktd, e-mail, 10.02.2009 08:06

paper model Macchi M.C.72
uploadbox.com /files /4171a3cd31

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миша, e-mail, 10.02.2009 08:02

бумажная модель
uploadbox.com /files /4171a3cd31

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Steve Muth, e-mail, 07.09.2008 01:30

Does anyone have cockpit photos of the MC.72 including the seat? Or know where I can get some?

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Pedro Valdez, e-mail, 03.12.2007 08:23

Here is a link to a site with a pretty good sound of the MC-72
www.aviationtrivia.info /Macchi-Castoldi-MC-72.php

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edik154, 18.07.2007 19:26

You can see it in "Museo Storico dell'Aeronautica Militare", Vigna di Valle - Rome).
The color is red.

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Bob Williams, e-mail, 11.05.2007 21:25

what color was it ???

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DWAYNE BLAKE, e-mail, 16.11.2006 10:51

Do any MC-72 aircraft exist? If so, are they where one can see them?
Thanks
Dwayne

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