After tests with a 45° sweptback wing fitted to an otherwise standard Ambrosini S.7, thus nicknamed Freccia (Arrow), the designer Sergio Stefanutti designed the Sagittario (Archer) powered by a 400kg thrust Turbomeca Marbore turbojet. Intended mainly for aerodynamic research into transonic compressibility, the Sagittario was built largely of wood, and flew for the first time on 5 January 1953. From this initial prototype Stefanutti subsequently developed the Sagittario II, which made its maiden flight on 19 May 1956. Powered by a Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 turbojet, this more advanced aircraft was virtually a new design and of all-metal construction. The Sagittario II was the first aircraft of Italian design to exceed Mach unity when it reached Mach 1.1 in a dive on 4 December 1956.
| MODEL||Sagittario II|
| ENGINE||1 x Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 turbojet, 1633kg|
| Loaded weight||3300 kg||7275 lb|
| Empty weight||2300 kg||5071 lb|
| Wingspan||7.5 m||25 ft 7 in|
| Length||9.5 m||31 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||14.50 m2||156.08 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1020 km/h||634 mph|
| Ceiling||14000 m||45950 ft|
| Range||765 km||475 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 30mm cannon|
|Barry, 13.02.2013 18:15|
Why only 2 Dale? See the next entry for Aeriete which explains exactly why.
|Dale Schofield, e-mail, 08.01.2012 23:44|
I should also add that this model that I have came from my Father-in-Law that visited Italy in 1956 on a business trip while working for Boeing Aircraft U.S.A.. I believe it was given to him at this time. It stands on a pedestal with engravings on it. There was a small medalion attached to it but that is missing.
derivato dal SAGITTARIO 2º
|Dale Schofield, e-mail, 08.01.2012 16:47|
Great aircraft, I wonder why they only produced 2 of them. I have an all metal (chrome) desktop display of this aircraft. It is a beautiful piece
Do you have any comments?
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