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|