S.M.79 serie 1 (Germany)

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▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936)
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
10.74 tTake-off weight
0.39 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
3 х Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
350 roundsAmmunition
700 shots/minFire rate
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
485 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.png3000 / 3792/3100 / 3918/1000 / 1264Repair
6300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
210 % Sl icon.png200 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the gift German bomber S.M.79 serie 1 (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).


GarageImage S.M.79serie1.jpg

The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) is a rank II gift German bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). 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.

General info

Flight Performance

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
Take-off run
416 405 6800 32.6 33.7 4.5 4.4 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
442 430 6800 30.7 31.6 7.4 5.9 450


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
530 300 480 ~2 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 305 < 303 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
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


Offensive armament

Main article: Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm)

The S.M.79 serie 1 (Germany) is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)

Suspended armament

  • 12 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

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 (485 rpg = 970 total)

Usage in 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 ranked 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-rank battles and can be used to shoot down other aircraft. It is somewhat more manoeuvrable 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

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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
  • 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 bomb load compared to the He 111 H-3 (1,250 kg max)
  • Poor defensive fire arcs, including a dead zone 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 bomb load but individually more powerful bombs or higher total bomb load with less powerful bombs


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In-game description

"Three-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 “Sparviero” medium bomber, first series, issued 1936.

A mixed-construction monoplane with a retractable landing gear system including tail wheel. Crew: 4-5. Created in the SIAI (Societa Idrovolanti Alta Italia) design firm, led by Alessandro Marchetti, as a passenger aircraft. The prototype SM.79 in passenger configuration (civil designation I-MAGO) made its first flight on October 8, 1934.

The prototype SM.79 bomber (serial number M.M.20663) first flew on July 8, 1936. Serial production began in November 1936.

The SM.79 was powered by three 9-cylinder radial air-cooled Alfa-Romeo 126RC34 engines with 780 hp and a metal variable-pitch SIAI propeller. The typical wide box-shaped fuselage of passenger planes was retained. But the characteristic dorsal “hump” in the fuselage was implemented and became the SM.79’s lifelong hallmark. Because of this, the aircraft earned the nickname “Gobbo” (“Hunchback”).

In front of the “hump”, a fixed 12.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine gun with 350 rounds of ammunition was installed. The pilot directed the machine gun’s fire. In the rear of the hump, a pivoting 12.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine gun with 500 rounds of ammunition was installed.

In the tail section, under the bomber’s fuselage, a pivot mount was installed with a 12.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine gun with 500 rounds of ammunition. In addition, a 7.7-mm Lewis machine gun with a rotary magazine (and 485 rounds of ammunition) was installed inside the fuselage. It was specially installed so that it could move from one side of the aircraft to the other. The gun was fired through large rectangular blisters located on the plane’s port and starboard side.

The bomb bay was located in the central part of the fuselage and was offset slightly to the right to allow access to the aircraft’s tail section. It could accommodate up to 1,200 kg of bombs in various combinations (2 x 500 kg, 5 x 250kg, 12 x 100 kg, or 12 12kg canisters of small fragmentation bombs). All of the bombs were hung vertically, except the 500 kg bombs, which were installed at an angle.

Once officially approved, the bomber was called the SM.79 “Sparviero” (“Hawk”), but the name failed to stick, and combat units continued to call the plane the “hunchback”."


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See also

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Bombers  S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 serie 8
  S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M · S.M.79 B
Attackers  SM.91 · SM.92
Captured  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 bis/N

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-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 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic