The all-metal, cutting-edge Italian fighter
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It is well known that during World War II, Italy suffered numerous manufacturing and material problems. These problems extended to the design and manufacture of aircraft as well, forcing a plethora of companies to rely on mixed-construction aircraft. In addition, the most-fielded Italian fighter aircraft were of outdated design, such as the Fiat C.R.42. Designer Giovanni Casiraghi, under Piaggio, envisioned a fighter that would not only re-energize the Regia Aeronautica, but would allow it to be on a par with its enemies. This design would be the Piaggio P.119…
In order to minimize drag, the engine was placed mid-fuselage. This would not only allow the P.119 to improve in speed, but would also allow it to improve its maneuverability, as the engine was placed closer to its center of mass, as well as freeing up space for more heavy armament in the nose. The P.119 was powered by a 1,119 kW (1,500 hp) Piaggio P.XV RC 45 radial engine, and its air intakes were fitted under the nose. Despite the relative high overall weight of the aircraft, the wings were quite wide, allowing for a wing-loading of 147 kg/m^2 (30 lb/sq ft) . There was one problem, however. Firing all the weapons produced excessive vibration.
- 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) Breda-SAFAT cannon
- 4 × 12.7 mm (0.500 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun
- Maximum speed: 644 km/h (400 mph; 348 kn) at 6,795 m (22,293 ft)
- Range: 1,513 km (940 mi; 817 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 12,603 m (41,348 ft)
- Time to altitude: 3,050 m (10,007 ft) in 3 minutes 15 seconds
- Wing loading: 147 kg/m^2 (30 lb/sq ft)
The BR and Why…
For this aircraft, I suggest a BR of 4.0. While its great armament, speed, and turning rate contribute to a true Italian threat, its rather dismal climb rate would be its death at higher battle ratings.
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