S.M.79 serie 8 (Germany)
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- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 8 (1939) is a rank II gift German bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB) and 2.7 (RB/SB). This bomber has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 in the German aviation tree. In Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", the S.M.79, as well as the other Italian planes in the German tree, were moved to the new Italian tree.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 300||< 305||< 303||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,300 m||2,250 hp||2,617 hp|
Survivability and armour
- No armour plating
- No armour glazing
- Fuel tanks located in fuselage and wing roots
The S.M.79 serie 8 (Germany) is armed with:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)
- 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs
- 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs
- 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs
- 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 7.7 mm Lewis machine gun, 2 x beam turret (485 rpg = 970 total)
Usage in battles
Describe the tactics of playing in an aircraft, the features of using vehicles in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).
Manual Engine Control
|Not collable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm||MCSAP100|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 12 mm MGs||Turret 7 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Turret 12 mm||MCGP250|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 12 mm MGs (turret)||New 7 mm MGs (turret)||MCRO500|
Pros and cons
- Middle engine provides some level of protection for the pilot against head-on attacks
- Weak defensive armament
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"Three-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 “Sparviero” medium bomber, second series, issued 1937.
Beginning with the 2nd production series, the SM.79’s dorsal “hump” was shortened (previously it had reached almost to the front door), and the teardrop-shaped fairings were removed. On each side of the hump, a couple of windows were added to better illuminate the radio operator’s and mechanic’s workspaces. The bomber’s gondola located under the fuselage was elongated, the engine’s exhaust pipes were twisted to direct them away from the engine nacelles, and additional extensions were added to the stabilizer fin.
The side-switching 7.7-mm Lewis machine gun from the World War I period, which had been installed inside the fuselage on a mobile track, was replaced by two fixed 7.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine guns, though before the war SM.79s usually flew without onboard guns.
In this form, without virtually any changes, the SM.79 underwent mass production and was delivered to Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Force) combat units for about seven years.
As a modification of a passenger aircraft, the SM.79 had many related flaws: inconvenient bomb sight positioning, a relatively small bomb bay in a rather large fuselage, and primitive defensive weapons installed in half-open units with no mechanization. All of this understandably drew criticism from the Regia Aeronautica.
But there was no other choice, and in February 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the SM.79 saw its first combat.
SM.79s with Italian crews and Spanish insignia operated around Seville and Bilbao, participating in the battles of Brunete and Teruel. The SM.79’s speed allowed it to fly long-range daytime operations without escort. Of all the Republican fighters, only the I-16 could successfully intercept the SM.79, and not many I-16s were available. Therefore, the bomber’s losses were relatively small. Combat experience showed that the plane’s survivability was high. Franco only lost 4 SM.79s during the entire war. The Italians lost 12.
Beginning in January 1938, the SM.79 was used as a night bomber. The “Sparviero” played an increasingly bigger role as the civil war progressed. After the war, the surviving Italian SM.79s were transferred into Franco’s Air Force. There they survived World War II, and the last of them were used in the Spanish colonies in North Africa until the early 60’s. In 1943, one “Sparviero” was converted by the Spanish company AISA into a staff plane, used to command the Spanish army."
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|Arado||Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3|
|Blohm & Voss||BV 238|
|Dornier||Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1|
|Focke-Wulf||Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1|
|Henschel||Hs 123 A-1|
|Heinkel||He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5|
|Junkers||Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 288 C|
|Savoia-Marchetti||▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 4 (1937) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 8 (1939)|
|▀S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/T.M (1943)|
|Trophies||▀Wellington Mk Ic|