The SIAI S.16 was an Italian passenger flying-boat later used a military reconnaissance-bomber, claimed to be the most successful flying-boat of the 1920s.

Class Aircraft
Type Utility
Manufacturer SIAI-Marchetti
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1919
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Brazil View
Italy 1919 1942 View
Latvia View
Russia (USSR) View
Spain View
Turkey (Ottoman Empire) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
SIAI-Marchetti 242 View

The first flying-boat designed by the Societa Idrovolanti Alta Italia (SIAI) for use as a civilian passenger carrier the S.13 was a biplane flying-boat with room for five passengers. The S.16 was powered by a single Fiat A.12bis engine. A military versions were also developed with a bow cockpit for an observer-gunner and bomb-racks fitted underneath the wings. The military version was sold to Brazil, Soviet Union and Spain and Turkey.

Role Passenger and military flying-boat
National origin Italy
Manufacturer SIAI
Designer Rafaele Conflenti
First flight 1919
Primary user Italian Navy

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 or 3 (pilot, observer)
  • Length: 9.89 m (32 ft 5¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.50 m (50 ft 10¼ in)
  • Height: 3.67 m (12 ft 0½ in)
  • Empty weight: 840 kg (1852 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2652 kg (5847 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db vee piston engine., 298 kW (400 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 194 km/h (120 mph)
  • Range: 1000 km (621 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4000 m (13,125 ft)


  • 1 × 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-gun (ring mounting at bow cockpit)
  • 230kg (485lb) of bombs on underwing racks

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