SAI.10 Grifone
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SAI.10 Grifone
Role Military trainer
Manufacturer Ambrosini
Designer Camillo Silvia
First flight 1939
Primary user Regia Aeronautica
Number built 10
SAI.10 Gabbiano floatplane
SAI.10 Gabbiano floatplane

The Ambrosini SAI.10 Grifone ("Griffon") was a military trainer aircraft produced in small numbers for the Italian Regia Aeronautica early in World War II. With the approach of war, the Ministero dell' Aeronautica began a programme to increase the number of pilots available, and ordered a prototype primary trainer from Ambrosini. This aircraft, a parasol monoplane of mixed construction, first flew on July 8, 1939, with Guiliano Ferrari at the controls. A production batch of 50 was ordered, but this was quickly reduced to just 10 machines, all of which were delivered in 1940.[1]

Production aircraft differed by having a Fiat A.50 radial engine in place of the prototype's CNA D. Other engine fits that were tried included an example with a Siemens-Halske Sh 14, and one with an Alfa Romeo 110; this latter machine was designated SAI.11. Another experimental development that did not enter production was a float-equipped SAI.10 Gabbiano ("Seagull").

Operators

 Kingdom of Italy

Specifications

Data from Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930–1945[2]

General characteristics

Performance

References

  1. ^ Taylor 1989, p. 57
  2. ^ Thompson 1963, pp. 10–11.