|Primary user||Aeronautica Militare|
|Number built||ca. 220|
The Fiat G.46 was a military trainer developed in Italy shortly after World War II.
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The G.46 was a conventional, low-wing monoplane with tailwheel undercarriage, the main units of which retracted inwards. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem under a long canopy. The first prototype, powered by a 205 hp (153 kW) Alfa Romeo 115-Ibis engine, made its maiden flight on 25 June 1947.
Testing revealed excellent flying characteristics and suitability for aerobatics, and the type was ordered into production.
Apart from the 150 ordered by the Aeronautica Militare, 70 aircraft were exported, to Austria, Argentina and Syria.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- G.46B - prototype
- G.46-1B - two-seater with Alfa Romeo 115bis engine
- G.46-2B - two-seater with de Havilland Gipsy Queen engine
- G.46-3B - two-seater with Alfa Romeo 115ter engine
- G.46-4B - two-seater with Alfa Romeo 115ter engine
- G.46-5B - two-seat navigation trainer (prototype only)
- G.46-3A - single-seater with Alfa Romeo 115ter engine
- G.46-4A - single-seater with Alfa Romeo 115ter engine
Operators[edit | edit source]
Specifications (G.46-4B)[edit | edit source]
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54
- Crew: 2, pilot and instructor
- Length: 8.48 m (27 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1¼ in)
- Height: 2.40 m (7 ft 10 in)
- Wing area: 16 m2 (173 ft2)
- Empty weight: 1,110 kg (2,442 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,410 kg (3,102 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Alfa Romeo 115-1ter air-cooled 6-cylinder piston engine, 168 kW (225 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 311 km/h (194 mph)
- Cruising speed: 263 km/h (164 mph)
- Range: 900 km (560 miles)
- Service ceiling: 5,300 m (17,400 ft)
- Rate of climb: 5.8 m/s (1,150 ft/min)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Vigna Air International July 1995, p. 40.
- Vigna Air International July 1995, p. 36.
- Bridgman 1953, p. 161.
References[edit | edit source]
- Bridgman, Leonard (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54. London: Jane's All The World's Aircraft Publishing Company.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 389.
- Vigna, Achille (July 1995). "Juan Peron's Gift to Italy". pp. pp. 38–42. ISSN 0306-5634.
- "File 894 Sheet 22". World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing.
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