The Breda Ba.65 was a World War II ground attack aircraft. In service with the Italian Royal Air Force between 1936 and 1942, it first flew in September 1935 and received its baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War as part of the Italian Legionary Air Force. During WWII, the Breda Ba.65 carried out ground attack missions in North Africa and the Mediterranean theater of operations. By 1943, it had been replaced by the Savoia-Marchetti S.79 as many of them had been shot down by British fighters.

The Breda Ba.65 was a single-seat, low-winged aircraft powered by one Fiat A.80 RC-41 radial engine, which put out 1,000 horsepower. It had an all-metal fuselage and retractable landing gear. Its armament consisted of two 12.7 mm (.50) and two 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns. It carried either two 250-kg or one 500-kg bombs.

Specifications

Type: ground-attack aircraft

Wingspan: 39′ 8″ (12.9 m)

Length: 30′ 6″ (9.3 m)

Height: 10′ 6″ (3.2 m)

Maximum speed: 270 mph (430 km/h)

Range: 345 miles (550 km)

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