Aviation of Word War II
|Specification Ba.65 with A 80 engine|
|Wing span, m||11.90|
|Wing area, m²||23.50|
|Piston radial engine FIAT A / 80 R.C. 41 power, hp||1000|
|Maximum speed, km/h||352|
|Cruising speed, km/h||305|
|Service range, km||544|
|Service ceiling, m||6,300|
|4 × Breda-SAFAT machine guns in the wing: two 12.7 mm and two 7.7 mm, bombs, kg||200|
Technical description. "Breda" Va.65 - single-engine cantilever monoplane of all-metal construction with retractable landing gear, one or two-seat multipurpose combat aircraft.
Power plant, two-row air-cooled radial engines of three types: 14-cylinder Isotta-Fraschini K14 with a capacity of 880 hp. - on the early series of aircraft for the Italian Air Force; 18-cylinder Fiat A80 RC41 1000 hp - on most Italian Ba.65, as well as on export vehicles for Iraq and Portugal; 14-cylinder Piaggio P.XI RC40 1000 hp - on Chilean aircraft.
The fuel system consisted of two main gas tanks with a total capacity of 650 liters, installed in the fuselage, behind the cockpit. If necessary, an additional 370 liter tank could be mounted in the bomb bay. All three tanks are sealed.
Armament: four Breda-SAFAT machine guns in the wing: two 12.7 mm and two 7.7 mm, in the bomb compartment up to 100 kg of bombs, on underwing bomb racks up to 200 kg, usually 4x50 kg. The letnab's cockpit was equipped with a 7.7 mm defensive machine gun mounted on a compact retractable turret or on a Breda type M shielded turret.
Almost immediately they abandoned the standard placement of large-caliber bombs on the internal suspension, since this made it impossible to dive. In the standard version, the aircraft carried a pair of 100-kg bombs on underwing holders, dropping them from a dive at an angle of 30-35 degrees.
Another common bomb load was 2 kg fragmentation bombs. The aircraft took up to 168 of these ammunition in four cassettes installed in the bomb bay. In this case, "peas" were poured at the exit from the dive when climbing, see the photo below, the control circuit was triggered by a trigger on the pilot's control stick. On the second approach, the pilot "processed" the target with the fire of four wing-mounted machine guns.