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SM 82 Canguru
Heavy Bomber and Transport

SM 82

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, heavy bomber and transporter, maiden flight 1939 Despite its inadequate thrust-to-weight ratio, it was widely used for the transport of goods and troops in the Italian Air Force, several examples were operated by the Luftwaffe. Below in the photo is one of these specimens captured by Soviet troops at the Kherson airfield in May 1945.

Equipped specifically for the carriage of goods, the aircraft had a loading mechanism and a sufficient cabin volume (it freely accommodated a disassembled Fiat CR.42 biplane). As an airplane for transporting troops, the transport aircraft normally accommodated 40 soldiers with full equipment, but in case of emergency it could carry much more weight.

Aircraft Modifications

  • SM.82 aircraft in bomber version with aiming gondola, 68 examples produced.
  • SM.82 Carro armato transport version, adapted to transport light equipment, up to the light tank L3.
  • SM.82 Trasporto caccia - modification for the delivery of CR.42 fighters. Only two copies made (MM.60293-94).
  • SM.82 Trasporto motori - modification for transporting engines, used in North Africa. Manufactured three machines (MM.60290 and 92).
  • SM.82P - airplane for dropping paratroopers. (21 copies).
  • SM.82 tankers - an option for transporting fuel with a 3000 liter tank.
  • SM.82bis - modification with Piaggio P.IX engine, 1190 hp
  • SM.82 LATI - modification for long-distance flights (range up to 4800 km), with 10 soft seats, autopilot and powerful radio transmitter.
  • SM.82LW - Luftwaffe version (with turrets).
  • SM.82PD - a record version, two records were set - an average speed of 333 km / h at a distance of 1000 km with a load of 1000 kg, and overcoming 12937 km in 57 hours 32 minutes.
  • SM.82PW - post-war version with PW R-1830 engines.

SM 79 SM 82
Crew 4-5 4
Length, m 15.60 22.90
Height, m 4.10 6
Wing span, m 21.18 29.68
Wing area, m² 61.00 118.60
Weight, kg
Empty 6,800 10,550
Loaded weight 10,500 18,200
Engine 3 PE Alfa Romeo
126 RC34
3 PE Alfa Romeo
128 RC.21
Takeoff power, h.p. 3 х 750 3 х 950
Maximum speed, km/h 430 370
Cruising speed, km/h 360 289
Service range, km 2,000 3,000
Service ceiling, m 7,000 6,000
Power load, kg/h.p. 4.7 6.4

When comparing SM.79 and SM.72 - obviously low thrust-to-weight ratio of the latter, in the bottom line of the table there is a power load per 1 hp. for Canguru is 6.4 kg.

Photo Description
Drawing Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru

Drawing Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru - as a bomber. Below, under the fuselage, aiming gondola.

These slightly damaged transport SM.82 were captured by the Soviet forces at Hersones airfield. May 1944.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, 3/4 and side view

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, commander's workplace

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, 2nd pilot's workplace

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, radio operator's workplace

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, top turret

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, external gondola, in the center of the sight for bombing.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, bomb bay, bomb locks 250, 500 800 kg.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 Canguru, bottom arrow point.


  • Encyclopedia of Military Equipment / Aerospace Publising /
  • Aeroplano "SAVOIA-MARCHETTI" Tipo SM. 82 per N.3 Motori Alfa 128 R.C. 18 /Ministero dell' Aeronautica, Roma 1943/