Fiat CR.25

The Fiat CR.25 was an Italian twin-engine reconnaissance-bomber fighter aircraft which served in small numbers for the Regia Aeronautica during World War II.

40 CR.25s were ordered after the operative failure of the apparently more promising Breda Ba.88 bomber. Later, it was decided to use the CR.25 as a reconnaissance plane, with a total of 10 aircraft entering service. It was used during the war by the 173a Squadriglia Ricognizione Strategica Terrestre (Strategic Land Reconnaissance Squadron), operating from Sicily. Despite the positive reports from the pilots, and a proposal by Fiat to resume production, no further aircraft were produced.

It was also used for transport of senior air force officers from Rome to Berlin.


Fiat CR.25
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Fiat Aviazione
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1937
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Italy View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Fiat Aviazione View

Variants

  • CR.25 : Twin-engined reconnaissance bomber aircraft.
  • CR.25bis : Strategic reconnaissance aircraft, long-range escort fighter aircraft.
  • CR.25D : The 10th production aircraft was designated CR.25D. Only one was built for the Italian air attaché in Berlin.
  • CR.25quater : Prototype.

Role Fighter Bomber aircraft
Manufacturer Fiat
First flight 22 July 1937
Primary user Regia Aeronautica


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 or 3 (a third member was needed for bombing missions)
  • Length: 13.56 m (44 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 16 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.30 m (10 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 39.20 m² (421.39 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 4,475 kg (9,845 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 6,625 kg (14,575 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Fiat A.74 R.C.38 radial engines, 627 kW (840 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 450 km/h (241 kn, 278 mph)
  • Range: 1,500 km (810 nmi, 925 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,950 m (26,076 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 3 × 12.7 mm (.5 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns
  • Bombs: Up to 300 kg (660 lb)

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