Macchi M.C.100

The Macchi M.C.100 was an Italian commercial flying boat designed and built by Macchi.

Macchi M.C.100
Role Passenger flying boat
Manufacturer Macchi
Designer Mario Castoldi
First flight 1939
Primary user Ala Littoria
Number built 3

Design and development

The M.C.100 was a shoulder-wing cantilever monoplane flying boat, with a family resemblance to the military twin-engine M.C.99 and earlier M.C.94. It was powered by three Alfa Romeo 126 RC 10 radial engines strut-mounted above the wing, each driving a three-bladed tractor propeller. The pilot and co-pilot sat side by side in a raised and enclosed control cabin forward of the wing, while the radio operator sat in the aircraft's nose. A main cabin in the hull had accommodation for 26 passengers. The prototype first flew on 7 January 1939.[1] The prototype was followed by two more aircraft, and all three were in service by June 1940 with Ala Littoria operating between Rome-Algiers-Barcelona. With the start of World War II, the aircraft was used for liaison and communication duties, and to maintain a daily Rome-Marsala-Tripoli service.


 Kingdom of Italy

Specifications (M.C.100)

Data from Wings of Peace: Macchi C.94 and C.100[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: three
  • Capacity: 26 passengers
  • Length: 17.40 m (57 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 24.35 m (79 ft 10¼ in)
  • Wing area: 100 m2 (1,076 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 8,568 kg (18,849 lb)
  • Gross weight: 13,130 kg (28,880 lb)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Alfa Romeo 126 RC 10 radial engine, 597 kW (800 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 310 km/h (193 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 262 km/h (163 mph)
  • Range: 1,400 km (869 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6,102 m (20,013 ft)


See also

Related lists


  1. Stroud 1989, p. 308.
  • Stroud, John (May 1989). "Wings of Peace: Macchi C.94 and C.100". Aeroplane Monthly. pp. 304–308.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. p. 2398.
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