DW 72015 Savoia-Marchetti S.55 “Record Flights”

DW72015 Savoia-Marchett S.55


The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 was a double-hulled flying boat produced in Italy, beginning in 1924. Shortly after its introduction, it began setting records for speed, payload, altitude and range. The first S.55 crossing was made in 1927 by the Santa Maria under Francesco de Pinedo. After flying south to Boloma, at that time in Portuguese Guinea they hoped to cross the ocean without another stop but were forced down at Cape Verde, reaching Brazil on 23 February 1927. After the crossing. The aircraft was traded to Brazil, for coffee beans.

The Brazilian Joao Ribeiro de Barros and his crew of three made another crossing in S.55 “Jahu” on 24 April 1927. Departing from Santiago Island, he crossed the Atlantic in “Jahu” and landed at Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil.

Pilots Francesco de Pinedeo and Carlodel Prete took off from Sesto Calende, Italy, in an S-55. Four months later, they arrived back in Italy, having flown nearly 48,280 km (30,000 ml) in 193 flying hours and having made just over 50 stops, including Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and New York City. Number built 243+

Dora Wings company thanks for the help in creating the model Maxim Lysak (Switzerland) and Marino De Bortoli (Italy)

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