5 – 6
2- 880 hp ea.
4- 7.7 mm
55 ft. 0 in.
74 ft. 9 in.
Savoia Marchetti S.55 sea planes featured a cockpit holding the pilot and co pilot in the center wing of the aircraft. The crew of the aircraft was transported in the two fuselages which also served as floats for the sea plane.
The Savoia Marchetti S.55 first flew on August 12, 1925 and was deployed in 1926. The last S.55 was retired from service in 1945.
The Savoia Marchetti S.55 was equipped with two in-line back-to-back engines which had counter rotating propellers. These were located on pylons placed on top of the center section of the wing.
During 1926, the sea plane set fourteen world records including speed, altitude and distance. In February 1927 the Savoia Marchetti S.55 was one of the first airplanes to cross the Atlantic. This was four months before the solo crossing of Charles Lindberg in his Spirit of St. Louis.
A total of 24 Savoia Marchetti S.55 aircraft, flying in a single formation, crossed the Atlantic in 1933 on their way to an exposition in Chicago, IL.
During World War Two the Savoia Marchetti S.55 served in both the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Forces as a patrol aircraft and a bomber.
A total of some 200 Savoia Marchetti S.55 aircraft were produced.
RC Savoia Marchetti S.55
The Ozark Model Aviation RC Savoia Marchetti S.55 has 31 in. wingspan and uses electric motor power.
The 1/16 scale RC Savoia Marchetti S.55 from Classic Aero has a 58 in. wingspan. Recommended power can be a pair of 020 size brushless motors. All up weight is between 3.5 and 4 lbs.
The Classic Aero 1/12 scale RC Savoia Marchetti S.55 wingspan is 80 in. Recommended power are a pair of .46 4c engines. All up weight is 10.5 lbs.