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S.79 Sparviero Bomber Version Review

S.79 Sparviero Bomber Version Review

The SIAI-Marchetti S.M.79 Sparviero was a multi-role low-wing three-engined aircraft, initially designed as a fast civil transport aircraft. In the years 1937-39 he set 26 world records and was – for a time – the fastest medium bomber in the world.[2] Built in wood, canvas and metal, it was recognized by the typical “hump” behind the cockpit, which housed the 12.7 machine gun and its armourer.
The presence of this hump has created in Italian journalism the myth of the nickname “cursed hunchback”, defined as used by RAF pilots but which still today is not duly attested by any Italian or English document from the years of the conflict, a nickname which however is uncritically reported in some publications.[3][4] He was employed for the first time in the Spanish Civil War in the ranks of the Italian Legionary Aviation.
The Regia Aeronautica used it during the Second World War throughout the Mediterranean theatre, first as a bomber (a role for which it was progressively replaced by the CR.D.A. Cant.Z.1007 bis) and then as a fast passenger transport; in the absence of a valid aircraft expressly designed for the role, the Regia Aeronautica was forced to use the Sparviero also as a torpedo bomber.[5] The Romanian Air Force (FARR), where it was also built under license in a twin-engine version, successfully employed it on the Eastern Front. The SM79 remained in service in Italy until 1950 and was one of the Italian aircraft built in the largest number (around 1,300) of examples.
Suggested colors:
  • Grigio Mimentico
  • Giallo Mimetico 1 e 3
  • Verde Mimetico 2
  • Bruno Mimetico
  • Giallo Cromo
  • Marrone Mimetico 2
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  • F White
  • F Black
  • F Rust
  • F Guards Red
  • F Gun Metal