S.M.79 serie 1 (Germany)
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The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) is a Rank II gift German bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB), 1.7 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). It was 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, although it still exists in the German tree for those who unlocked it prior to Update 1.69.
| 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 1 (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 the battles
Due to its relatively low Battle Rating, the three-engined SM.79 serie 8 enjoys a relatively high speed for a bomber against most of the lower tiered opposition it faces. This aids its survivability, particularly in a shallow dive. Unfortunately, it is rather lacking in bombload options compared to the He 111s and Ju 88s and also has rather poor defensive fire arcs. Unlike the German bombers, however, it is armed with 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns which can pack quite a punch against the flimsier aircraft it faces. The pilot also controls a fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which is otherwise uncovered by any defensive armament. This gun can be useful for strafing light vehicles and trucks that will be encountered frequently in low tier battles, and can be used to shoot down other aircraft. It is somewhat more maneuverable than the He 111 H-3, but the Sparviero is by no means a fighter and will rapidly lose energy in turns. With the ability to carry 500 kg bombs, the SM.79 can use these to more easily take out pillboxes and heavier tanks, although this reduces the total bombload to only 1000 kg as opposed to 1250 kg with 250 kg bombs.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||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
- Hard-hitting 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT defensive machine guns.
- Pilot-controlled fixed forward-firing 12.7 mm Breda, which can be equipped with IAI (explosive) ammunition.
- High speed for its BR.
- Middle engine provides some level of protection for the pilot against head-on attacks.
- Capable of carrying 500 kg bombs, unlike the He 111 H-3 or Do 17 Z-1.
- Poor total bombload compared to the He 111 H-3 (1250 kg max)
- Poor defensive fire arcs, including a deadzone in the rear where neither of the rearward facing 12.7 mm machine guns can cover.
- No frontal defensive gun covering the frontal aspect.
- Lacks armour protection for the crew.
- Forced to choose between less total bombload but individually more powerful bombs or higher total bombload with less powerful bombs.
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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|