Savoia-Marchetti S.65

The Savoia-Marchetti S.65 was an Italian racing seaplane built for the 1929 Schneider Trophy race.

Savoia-Marchetti S.65
Role Racing seaplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Savoia-Marchetti
First flight 1929
Number built 1

Design and development

The S.65 was a single-seat twin-engine floatplane of low-wing monoplane configuration with two floats. Its tailplane was supported by two booms and the floats, which extended well toward the rear of the aircraft. Its two 745-kilowatt (1,000-horsepower) Isotta Fraschini engines were mounted in tandem, each driving a two-bladed propeller, one in the nose in a tractor configuration and the other at the rear of the fuselage in a pusher configuration.[1]

Operational history

The S.65 was excluded from the 1929 race due to mechanical problems, and Italy was instead represented in the race by one Macchi M.52R and two Macchi M.67 seaplanes.[2]

Tommaso dal Molin of the Italian Schneider Trophy racing team was killed flying the S.65 during training at Lake Garda in northern Italy in 1930.[3]


 Kingdom of Italy


Data from [4]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 640 km/h (400 mph, 350 kn) estimated

See also

Related lists


  1. Vašiček, Aviation History, September 2002, p. 35.
  2. Vašiček, Aviation History, September 2002, p. 35.
  3. Schneider Trophy History
  4. Vašiček, Radko, "When Seaplanes Ruled the Sky," Aviation History, September 2002


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