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Breda Ba.33


Light-Class, High-Performance Racing Aeroplane [ 1930 ]



The high-performance Breda Ba.33 racer certainly made a name for itself in the 1930s - though its story ultimately tainted by structural failures.



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Cesare Pallavicino of Breda of the Kingdom of Italy is credited with the design of the light-class, racing-minded Ba.33. The twin-seat, single-engine aircraft initially went airborne (as the "Ba.33 Serie 1") in 1930 and went on to become a notable performer for its time in the air, claiming the Giro Aereo d'Italia in 1931. The design ran into trouble (including one fatal crash) in 1932 due to wing failures which ultimately damaged its reputation.

The aircraft was largely conventional in its design approach, utilizing a very streamlined, rounded fuselage with the engine fitted to the nose. Aft of the engine compartment were tandem open-air cockpits for two, the fuselage tapering towards the empennage. The empennage carried a single vertical tail fin, low-set planes, and a tailwheel. The tailwheel was supported through the main legs under the wings positioned ahead of midships. The mainplane members, straight in their general shape with rounded tips, were also seated ahead of midships for the needed balance and were braced against the fuselage by way of reinforced struts and high-tension cables.

The Ba.33 was given a running length of 22.2 feet and a wingspan of 30.9 feet. Empty weight was 946lb against a gross rating of 1,826lb.

The original engine fitting was the British de Havilland "Gipsy III" 4-cylinder inverted inline, air-cooled piston engine of 120 horsepower used to drive a simple two-bladed propeller at the nose. This helped the airframe reach maximum speeds of 143 miles-per-hour out to a range of 1,120 miles. The service ceiling was rated to 22,960 feet and rate-of-climb reached 874 feet-per-minute.

Beyond the Serie 1 aircraft, with its de Havilland Gipsy III, the line included the Ba.33 Serie 2 entries of which one carried the Gipsy engine and the other was completed with an uprated Colombo S.63 unit of 130 horsepower. The final aircraft was the Ba.33S which included seating for just one in a more modern enclosed cockpit. This airframe was fielded with the S.63 140 horsepower engine of the second Series 2 entry.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
1930

Origin
Kingdom of Italy national flag graphic
Kingdom of Italy

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
2

Production
4
UNITS


National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy National flag of modern Japan Kingdom of Italy; Imperial Japan
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
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Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.


RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE
Can accelerate to higher speeds than average aircraft of its time.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
SUPER PERFORMANCE
Design covers the three all-important performance categories of speed, altitude, and range.
BAILOUT PROCESS
Manual process of allowing its pilot and / or crew to exit in the event of an airborne emergency.


Length
22.2 ft
(6.78 m)
Width/Span
30.8 ft
(9.40 m)
Empty Wgt
948 lb
(430 kg)
MTOW
1,830 lb
(830 kg)
Wgt Diff
+882 lb
(+400 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Breda Ba.33 Serie 1 production variant)
monoplane / low-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Low-Mounted
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the Breda Ba.33 Serie 1 production variant)
Installed: 1 x de Havilland Gipsy III 4-cylinder inline, air-cooled piston engine developing 120 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
143 mph
(230 kph | 124 kts)
Ceiling
22,966 ft
(7,000 m | 4 mi)
Range
1,118 mi
(1,800 km | 3,334 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
874 ft/min
(266 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Breda Ba.33 Serie 1 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Ba.33 - Base Series Designation
Ba.33 Serie 1 - Initial twin-seat model with de Havilland Gipsy III engine of 120 horsepower.
Ba.33 Serie 2 - Twin-seat model with original Gipsy III engine and second airframe with Colombo S.63 engine fitting of 140hp.
Ba.33S - Single-seat model with enclosed cockpit and S.63 engine of 140hp.


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