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Icarus Releases Fiat br20

Last updated Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:19:17 GMT
Originally posted on Mon, 08 Sep 2003 22:50:23 GMT

Now available from Icarus is their CFS2/FS2004/FS2002 version of the WWII era Italian twin engine Fiat br20. For full details, click on Read More.

CFS2/FS2004/FS2002 version, three skins, multiresolution virtual cockpit with working gauges, cockpit animations, Icarus weapons, Italian moving yoke and Italian pilot texture.

  • Shock absorber movement
  • Exhaust effect
  • Wheel rotation
  • Dynamic VC gauges
  • Moving rudder pedals
  • Multiple animation sequence yoke
  • Open door animation

The Fiat BR20 was a twin engine medium bomber. It was designed and produced in the inter-war period (mid-1930s) and entered service with the Italian air force in 1936. It was the first all-metal Italian bomber.

The first combat missions it flew occurred in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. It flew on the Nationalist side alongside Heinkel He 111s from Germany. A total of 13 aircraft were sent to Spain and nine survived the war and were handed over to the new Nationalist government. Italy also sold 82 of the type to Japan prior to World War Two.

They served the Japanese during their war with China during the winter of 1938-1939. In Japanese service they were designated as the I-type and they suffered heavy losses against Chinese fighters. The BR20 served the Italians through the Second World War as a bomber, a trainer for crews transitioning to newer planes and as a maritime patrol aircraft.

Italy built about 500 before they were knocked out of the war. The BR20 had a dorsal gun turret, a twin tail, a slab-sided fuselage, twin engines and a low wing monoplane layout. The wing loading was low which allowed for short landing and takeoff distances. It maximum ceiling was 24,900 feet and it had an endurance of five and a half hours with a full bomb load out.

It carried a maximum crew of five (although it sometimes flew with only four). Crews consisted of two pilots, a navigator in the nose, a ventral gunner who doubled as a radio operator and the last crewman was the dorsal turret gunner. In addition to the twin machine gun dorsal turret , the BR20 had a nose turret (operated by the navigator) with a single 7.7mm machine gun. The first version of the dorsal turret was semi-retractable but later in the war other turret designs were fitted. The final design was a streamlined Breda turret with a single 12.7 (.50 caliber) machine gun which had a lower induced drag than the original retractable design. The navigator also doubled as bombardier and the radio operator also served as flight engineer.

Now on sale at Icarus:

https://www.icarusgold.com/

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

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