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Feb 01, 2014, 09:51 AM
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Breda Ba.88 Lince

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The Breda Ba.88 Lince (Italian: Lynx) was a ground-attack aircraft used by the Italian Regia Aeronautica during World War II. Its streamlined design and retractable undercarriage were advanced for the time, and after its debut in 1937 the aircraft established several world speed records.[1] However, when military equipment was installed on production examples, problems of instability developed and the aeroplane's general performance deteriorated. Eventually its operational career was cut short, and the remaining Ba.88 airframes were used as fixed installations on airfields to mislead enemy reconnaissance. It represented, perhaps, the most remarkable failure of any operational aircraft to see service in World War II.

The Ba.88 was an all-metal, twin-engine, two-crew, high-speed monoplane, with a high-mounted wing. It employed a "concentric" fuselage design, with a framework of steel tubes and a metallic skin covering which was both streamlined (having a very small fuselage cross-section) and strong. However, this internal load-bearing structure was very complex and of outdated design, as monocoque designs were starting to be developed elsewhere. The internal struts resulted in excessive weight compounded by manufacturing delays. The narrow confines of the fuselage would require the Ba.88 to carry bombs in a semi-external structure, much to the detriment of the aircraft's aerodynamics. The all-metal wings had two longerons, and housed the engine nacelles, undercarriage main elements, and the majority of the 12 self-sealing fuel tanks (the only protective armour in the aircraft), providing a 1,586 L (419 US gal) total capacity. All three undercarriage units were retractable, which was unusual for the time.[3]

The aircraft was powered by two Piaggio P.XI air-cooled radial engines. They were of the same type as used in other projects such as the Re.2000, and drove two three-blade, continuous-speed 3.2 m (10.4 ft) diameter Breda propellers. The engine nacelles also carried the two main undercarriage units. It had a twin tail to provide the dorsal 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun with a better field of fire.

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Length: 10.79 m (35 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 15.6 m (51 ft 2 in)

Ba.88M: 17.6 m (58 ft)

Height: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 33.34 m2 (358.9 sq ft)
Empty weight: 4,650 kg (10,251 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 6,750 kg (14,881 lb)
Powerplant: 2 Piaggio P.XI RC.40 Stella 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 746 kW (1,000 hp) each for take-off

Ba.88M: 2 x 742 kW (995 hp) Fiat A.74 RC.38 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines

Propellers: 3-bladed variable pitch propellers


Maximum speed: 490 km/h (304 mph; 265 kn) at 4,000 m (13,123 ft)
Range: 1,640 km (1,019 mi; 886 nmi)
Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,247 ft)
Time to altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 7 minutes 30 seconds


Guns: 3 x fixed 12.7 mm (0.500 in) Breda-SAFAT machine-guns in the nose + 1x manually aimed 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine-gun in the rear cockpit

Ba.88M: 4 x fixed 12.7 mm (0.500 in) Breda-SAFAT machine-guns in the nose + 1x manually aimed 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine-gun in the rear cockpit

Bombs: up to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs in the internal weapons bay or 3 x 200 kg (441 lb) bombs semi-recessed in the fuselage belly

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Feb 01, 2014, 10:02 AM
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Last edited by TedD60; Feb 01, 2014 at 03:09 PM.

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