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Aermacchi C.207


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Raptor_Fulcrum #1 Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:16 AM

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Mario Castoldi was the designer of the Italian fighters Macchi-Castoldi MC.200 , MC.202, MC.205V, MC.205N, and famous experimental seaplane MC.72.

Inside Aerofan 01-78 (Antonio Falzoni, Gli ultimi caccia Macchi) there is a full description of the last Castoldi projects. In Italy, these projects are poorly understood. As always the information shall be difficult to obtain, this information are collected only in very rare old magazines. This is the same article translated into Russian. http://alternathisto...trebiteli-makki

It all began with the advent of the engine DB.605, and the realization of the Macchi MC.205V which apparently was planned in hurry and the initial prototypes were just MC.202 upgraded. However the engineer Castoldi devoted himself to building a new airplane based on the experience from the prototype of 205V. From this experience was born the MC.205N "Orione" which reached slightly better performances than the 205V. But when the military were directed to the G.55, unexpectedly they chose also the MC.205V, and not the MC.205N.

The attention of the engineer Castoldi then moved to the true development of a completely new aircraft based on the engine DB.605 in which he could rectify all the defects in the two MC.205. From this came up the C.206, but when the engine DB.603 arrived, everything changed. The new engine was much heavier and powerful than DB.605. There was also need to have larger fuel tanks. In this moment was born the C.207.

http://www.amv-lilli...seconda/003.JPG

These are the images of MC.206 never completed. The initial prototype was destroyed during an American bombardment in the spring of 1944.


The engine was too heavy, powerful, and cumbersome for these reasons the project is so different from the C.206 even if the wings and fuselage are the same. The designer moves the weapons from the nose to the wings. He mounts four 20mm cannons. He increased the height of the landing gear and axle track, the fuselage is also longer,  water radiators and oil coolers are different.

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Tecnical data of C.207:

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Engine: DB 603
Power: 1520 hp
Wing span: 12.142m
Length: 9.735m
Height: m 3.655m
Wing area: 21.00m^2
Empty weight: 2292 kg
Payload: 1048 kg
Total weight: 4340 kg
Wing load: 206,6 kg/m
Maximum speed: 700 Km/h
Tangency: ND
Autonomy: ND
Armament: x4 20mm cannons

After the war, the Aermacchi thinks to mount an Packard Merlin on the C.207 (the same concept of Fiat G.59) but we have no drawing of this project.

Edited by Raptor_Fulcrum, 22 July 2012 - 05:08 PM.







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