ⓘ SIAI S.13


ⓘ SIAI S.13

Designed by the Società Idrovolanti Alta Italia SIAI as a smaller version of the earlier S.12, the S.13 was a single-engined biplane reconnaissance-fighter flying boat. It had a crew of two in side-by-side seats behind a single windscreen, the observer had a single trainably-mounted machine-gun. The flying boat was powered by a single 250 hp 187 kW Isotta Fraschini V6 engine.

Emile Taddeoli, Swiss pioneer in flight and then the pilot "ad Astra" Aero left Switzerland to Sesto Calende, where he was hired as a test pilot for Savoia in mid-1914. Over the next five years, Taddeoli more than 2.700 flight tests, flying about 150.000 kilometres 93.000 Mi. In January 1919 Emile Taddeoli was again a pioneer in crossing the Apennine mountains by seaplane between Sesto Calende and San Remo. July 12, 1919, with a passenger on Board, he flew from Calende on Lago Maggiore on the shore of lake Geneva in 110 minutes over the Mont Blanc 4.695 meters 15.404 m) Mountain range in his favor SIAI S. 13.

The Royal Italian Navy took delivery of 12 aircraft in 1919 and the flying boat was exported to Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Yugoslavia. In France, the S. 13 was also built under licence, Cams and p. 13 Spanish naval workshops in Barcelona also seven built under license.

Single-user version, the S. 13 tipo, was ordered by the Royal Italian Navy, but later it was cancelled when the Royal Navy decided to develop Macchi M. 7 instead of a civilian version, S. 13 Bis, failed to attract any orders.