S.M.79 B (Germany)

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
▀S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936)
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
10.30 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7500 mCeiling
2 х Gnome Rhone K.14 MistralEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
540 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Lewis machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
551 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombSetup 4
Sl icon.png3490 / 4418/3600 / 4557/1500 / 1899Repair
16000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
200 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the gift German bomber S.M.79 B (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).


GarageImage S.M.79 B.jpg

The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936) is a Rank II gift German bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29 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. This variant is painted in Romanian markings.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,700 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
424 413 7500 36.6 37.3 3.0 3.9 580
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,700 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
467 445 7500 33.5 35.0 10.1 5.9 580


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
540 300 480 ~2 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 260 < 270 < 270 > 307
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,300 m 1,860 hp 1,981 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Fuel tanks located in fuselage and wing roots


Suspended armament

  • 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,200 kg total)
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

  • 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 (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 12 mm MCSAP100
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 7 mm MCGP250
IV Engine Injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret) MCRO500

Pros and cons




Twin-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79B medium bomber.

During the pre-war period, SIAI actively tried to export the SM.79. Alessandro Marchetti argued that twin-engine planes, not three-engine, would be best for export. So, in spite of the Royal Italian Air Force’s rejection of the SM.79B bomber project, he continued work in this area, developing a prototype.

The SM.79B had a completely redesigned nose section. A glazed cabin for the bombardier/navigator was placed where the centrally located engine used to be. The cockpit, to improve visibility, was moved forward and raised. The dorsal “hump” was moved farther back. Also, the area of the keel was increased slightly.

The plane was powered by two 14-cylinder star-shaped air-cooled Gnome-Rhone 14Kfs engines with 950 hp and a metal three-bladed variable-pitch SIAI propeller.

The engines were placed in elongated engine nacelles, and the aeroplane was given a more streamlined design, which fully compensated for the reduction in total thrust. The aircraft’s defensive armament remained virtually unchanged: three heavy-calibre 12.7 mm Breda SAFAT machine guns, with 500 rounds per gun. One fixed machine gun was placed in the nose, and a second was located in the turret under the hump’s sliding panel. The ventral gondola was now used only for a third gun, defending the plane from attacks from the lower rear.

The twin-engine SM.79B was offered to Belgium, Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union. However, no orders from any of these countries were ever received.

In the spring of 1937, Iraq ordered five SM.79Bs. The aircraft for Iraq were equipped with A.80 RC.41 engined with a takeoff power of 1030 hp. The third, fourth, and fifth SM.79Bs had larger cockpit windows. In early 1938, the Italian crews ferried the aircraft to the customer. All of these planes were eventually destroyed in 1941 during the rebellion in Iraq.

The largest order for the twin-engine SM.79B was placed by the country of Romania. In autumn of 1937, the Romanians requested 24 of the aircraft equipped with IAR K14-II engines with a power of 900 hp. (A licensed version of the Gnome-Rhone engine, produced in Romania.)

When compared with the Iraqi planes, the Romanian version had several differences: the mobile 7.92mm Browning FN machine gun with rotary magazine and 350 rounds of ammunition (mounted in the nose) and various equipment modifications. In 1938, these aircraft entered service with two squadrons of the Forţele Aeriene Regale ale Romaniei (Royal Romanian Air Force).


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