Ansaldo S.V.A. 5

The Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 was a sturdy, fast plane but was not maneuverable enough for a good fighter. Because of its large fuel capacity, most Anslados were used for long range reconnaissance and as light bombers.

The plane had conventional cloth covered wings and a plywood body which tapered dramatically to the tail. The "W" shaped system of wing struts and the triangular cross section of the tail section made the Ansaldo a rugged aircraft.

In 1918, seven Ansaldos from the 87a Squadriglia made a round trip of more than 625 miles to take aerial photos of Vienna and drop leaflets urging the Austrians to surrender.

Country of Manufacture Italy
First Year of Service 1918
Wing Span 29.8 ft | 9.1 m
Length 26.6 ft | 8.1 m
Height 10.5 ft | 3.2 m
Weight 2315 lbs | 1050 kg
Engine SPA 6A, 6 cylinder inline, liquid cooled engine, 220hp
Top Speed 143 mph | 230 km/h
Range 800 miles | 1280 km
Armament 2 Vickers .303 machine guns
Crew 1


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 28450 vertices, 33926 faces - All aircraft insignia are modeled as part of the mesh.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture. Some photos show wider red and green areas on the underside of the wings.