Breda Ba.15

The Breda Ba.15 was a two-seat light aircraft produced in Italy in 1928.

Ba.15
Breda Ba.15
Role utility
Manufacturer Breda
Designer Cesare Pallavicino
First flight 1928
Primary user Regia Aeronautica

Design and development

It was a high-wing braced monoplane of conventional design that seated the pilot and passenger in tandem within a fully enclosed cabin. Ba.15s were fitted with a wide variety of engines. The most popularly selected was the Walter Venus, but examples also left the factory powered by Cirrus III, de Havilland Gipsy, Colombo S.63, Walter Mars I, and Isotta-Fraschini 80 T engines.

Operational history

Breda Ba.15s took part in several competitions. Among others, in August 1930 Col. Sacchi won the race Giro Aereo d'Italia flying Breda Ba.15S (altogether 10 Bredas took part in this contest).[1] Besides their civil use, some Ba.15s were operated by the Regia Aeronautica. An example is preserved at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia in Milan. One Ba.15 was bought in 1929 by an Italian resident in Paraguay, Nicola Bo. The plane had the Italian civil registration I-AAUG. This plane was later sold to the Paraguayan Military Aviation and used in the Chaco War as a light transport plane with the serial T-8. It was destroyed in an accident in 1933.

Variants

  • Ba.15 : Two-seat cabin touring, sporting aircraft.
  • Ba.15S : Improved version.

Operators

 Kingdom of Italy
 Paraguay

Specifications (Ba.15S)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 7 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 16 m2 (170 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 770 kg (1,698 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Walter Venus 7-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 82 kW (110 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (120 mph, 110 kn)
  • Endurance: 6 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)

See also

References

  1. Circuit of Italy in Flight, September 5, 1930, p.991
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 195.
  • aerei-italiani.net
  • "La Contribución Italiana en la Aviación Paraguaya". Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia. Author's edition. Asunción, 2007. 300pp.
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