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Cant Z.506 4 years 7 months ago #7873

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The CANT Z.506 was designed as a 12 to 14-seat transport twin-float seaplane, powered by three 455 kW (610 hp) Piaggio Stella IX radial engines. It was derived from the larger and heavier Z.505 seaplane.[6] The Z.506 entered production in 1936 as the Z.506A, powered by more powerful 560 kW (750 hp) Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 nine cylinder radial engines, giving a maximum output of 780 CV on take off and 750 CV at 3,400 meters. The fuselage had a wooden structure covered in tulipier wooden lamellas. The wings were built with a structure of three box-type spars linked by wooden wing-ribs covered by plywood. The floats were made of duraluminium, covered in chitonal and were 12.50 meters long. The armament consisted of a 12.7 (0.5 inch) Breda-SAFAT machine guns in the dorsal position and three 7.7 mm (0.303 inch) machine guns, one in the ventral position and two on the sides of the fuselage. The CANT Z.506 had a crew of five.[7]

It was produced at the "Cantieri Riuniti dell 'Adriatico" and "Cantiere Navale Triestino" (CRDA CANT) factories in Monfalcone and Finale Ligure respectively. The aeroplanes were in such demand that the Piaggio company also produced CANT Z. 506s.[8] under licence. The Z.506A entered service with the Ala Littoria air company flying around the Mediterranean.

While flown mostly by Mario Stoppani, the Z.506A set a number of altitude, speed and distance records for its class between 1936 and 1938, including speeds of 191.539 mph (308.25 km/h) over 3,107 (5000 km) and 198.7 mph (319.78 km/h) over 1,243 miles (2000 km), and 200.118 mph (322.06 km/h) over 621 miles (1000 km). It subsequently flew 3,345.225 miles (5383.6 km) in a closed circuit. It carried a load of 4,409 lb (2000 kg) to 25,623 ft (7810 m) and 11,023 lb (5000 kg) to 22,693 ft (6917 m).[6]

A military version appeared after 15 civil aeroplanes had entered service with Ala Littoria.[3] It was developed as the Z.506B. This military version was powered by three 560 kW (750 hp) Alfa Romeo 127 RC 55 engines and entered service in 1939. This version was also a record breaker.[9] A larger version of the Z.506A was built in 1937 as the Z.509. The last CANT Z.506B was built by Piaggio in January 1943. Total production was more than 320 aircraft.[8]

General characteristics

Crew: 5
Length: 19.24 m (63 ft 1.5 in)
Wingspan: 26.50 m (86 ft 11.3 in)
Height: 7.45 m (24 ft 5.3 in)
Wing area: 86.26 m² (928.53 ft²)
Empty weight: 8,750 kg (19,300 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 12,705 kg (28,010 lb)
Powerplant: 3 × Alfa Romeo 126 R.C.34 radial engines, 560 kW (750 hp) each

Maximum speed: 350 km/h (190 kn, 220 mph)
Range: 2,000 km (1,100 nmi, 1,200 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

1 × 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Breda SAFAT machine gun
3 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns
1,200 kg (2,600 lb) of general ordnance or
1 × 800 kg (1,800 lb) torpedo

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