| 195 km/h|
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| Fabbrica Aeroplani Ing. O. Pomilio|
The Pomilio PE was a First World War Italian armed reconnaissance biplane designed and built by the Pomilio brothers. It was developed from the earlier Pomilio PC and PD.
Pomilio PE Wikipedia
The Pomilio brothers first armed reconnaissance biplane was the Pomilio PC which appeared in 1917. It was a conventional biplane of mixed construction with a fixed tailskid landing gear. It had two open cockpits in tandem and was powered by a nose-mounted 260 hp (194 kW) Fiat A.12 engine. It first entered service in 1917 and was found to dangerously unstable which led to an improved design the Pomilio PD. The PD had a revised engine cowling and to help with the stability a ventral fin. Production of both the PC and PD was 545 aircraft, mainly PDs.
A further improvement was the Pomilio PE which had a re-designed tail unit with an increase in area of both the fin and tailplane. It was also fitted with a more powerful variant of the Fiat A.12. Changes were made throughout the production run of 1071 aircraft with later aircraft fitted with synchronized forward-firing machine-guns as well as observer's Lewis machine gun.Pomilio PC
Initial production variant
Modified production variant with ventral fin, 575 PC and PDs built.
Improved production variant with new tail unit and more powerful engine, 1071 built.
Kingdom of Italy
Corpo Aeronautico Militare
Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. p. 2759.
General characteristicsCrew: 2 (pilot, observer)
Length: 8.95 m (29 ft 4¼ in)
Wingspan: 11.80 m (38 ft 8½ in)
Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
Gross weight: 1535 kg (3384 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.12bis six-cylinder inline piston engine, 224 kW (300 hp)
PerformanceMaximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
Endurance: 3 hours 30 min
Service ceiling: 5000 m (16,405 ft)
Armament1 x synchronised forward-firing 8 mm (0.315 in) Revelli machine-gun
1 or 2 x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Lewis machine-gun on Scarff ring in rear cockpit