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Pictured, the Savoia 210 and a replica of the world-famous Arrow II racing towards the finish at the Schneider Cup.
The S.210 was an Italian entry to the Great Races of Oban.
It was powered by two Fiat AS.500 engines installed in a tandem configuration in the fuselage. One in front and one behind the cockpit.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the 210 was its odd biplane configuration. This was to improve turning performance, but primarily to house the surface radiators to cool the massive engines in the lower wings.
The twin laser cannons, part of the design requirements for Oban, on the lower engine nozzle cowlings were almost fitted as an afterthought. Being low power and generally impractical to use, the cannons were more often than not completely removed from the racer to save weight and to free more power for the engines.
While it never made it past the trials to enter the Oban Races, the 210 went on to have a successful career, including a number of victories at the Schneider Cup.
Nowadays a few of the original ten aircraft built by Savoia survive in private hands and still fly in competitions accross the galaxy.>>90442322>>90442401