Ansaldo S.V.A. 4


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Ansaldo S.V.A. 4

The S.V.A.4 was the first reconnaissance fighter development of the S.V.A. to be built in substantial quantities. It did not demand an escort in performing reconnaissance missions as it could accept combat with fighters on reasonably equal terms, and break off combat at will by utilising its high speed. It was powered by a 205hp SPA 6A six-cylinder water-cooled engine, and normally carried two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns, although the starboard gun was sometimes removed when a reconnaissance camera was carried. The S.V.A.4 entered service with the Aviazione Militare early in 1918.

  Take-off weight975 kg2150 lb
  Empty weight701 kg1545 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. speed216 km/h134 mph

Alberto Rizzi, e-mail, 10.03.2018 16:26

The first photograph inserted in the section "Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 Primo", shows (in its original) the words "Ansaldo S.V.A. 5"; this one may be that of a S.V.A. 4, because of the difference in the wheels; but the two aircrafts where virtually identical.


Barry, 10.09.2012 18:13

So which is the S.V.A.4 the one in the photograph here, or the one in the photograph on the S.V.A.5 page?


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