The first new
single-engined Fiat design built after World War II, the Fiat G.46, was
projected as an intermediate trainer in 1946 and the G.46B prototype
was flown for the first time in the summer of 1947. An all-metal
cantilever low-wing monoplane, the G.46 incorporated inward-retracting
landing gear and a glazed canopy for the tandem-seated pupil and
instructor. Early tests revealed excellent flight characteristics,
combining good manoeuvrability and an ability to perform aerobatics
with a high degree of safety.
The G.46 was accepted
for quantity production and orders followed both for the Aeronautica
Militare and for export. Two-seat versions built in quantity included
the G.46-1B with an 195 hp (145 kW) Alfa Romeo 115bis engine; the
G.46-2B with de Havilland Gipsy Queen engine of 250 hp (186 kW) and the
G.46-3B and G.46-4B differing in detailed equipment but both having the
215 hp (160 kW) Alfa Romeo 115ter engine. A single-seat variant was
built as the G.46-A, powered by the Alfa 115ter, and sub-variants
designated G.46-3A and G.46-4A differed only in detail.
Some 150 of all
versions were delivered to the Italian air arm and 70 aircraft were
exported. Production terminated in 1952, but Italian service G.46s
remained at military training schools for a number of years before
survivors were relegated to civil aero clubs where they were used for
aerobatic training. The final version built, the G.46-5B, was a
specialised two-seat navigation trainer that did not advance beyond the
Fiat G.46/G.46B - The
Fiat G.46 was the company designation for the first new single-engined
aircraft by the Fiat company since the war. In prototype form it was
designated G.46B (two seater) and flew for the first time in the summer
G.46-1B/G.46-2B/G.46-3B/G.46-4B - These two-seat versions represented
the first production aircraft. The G.46-1B was powered by a 195 hp (145
kW) Alfa Romeo 115bis engine, the G.46-2B was powered by a 250 hp (186
kW) de Havilland Gipsy Queen engine. The G.46-3B & G.46-4B were both
powered by a 215 hp (160 kW) Alfa Romeo 115ter engine only only
differed by detail equipment.
G.46A/G.46-3A/G.46-4A - These versions were a single-seat trainer
powered by a 215 hp (160 kW) Alfa Romeo 115ter engine. The G.46-3A &
G.46-4A were sub variants using the same engine, and differing only in
detail equipment. Intended as an advanced fighter trainer.
Fiat G.46-5B - The
final variant intended for use as a specialised navigation trainer, but
it never went beyond the prototype stage.
Type: Two Seat
Pilot & Student sitting in tandem fully enclosed cockpits with dual
Aeronautica D'Italia S.A. (Fiat) Design Team
Aeronautica D'Italia S.A. (Fiat) based in Turin.
215 hp (160 kW) Alfa Romeo 115ter 6-cylinder inverted inline piston
Maximum speed 194 mph (312 km/h); cruising speed 168 mph (270 km/h);
service ceiling 19,850 ft (6050 m); rate of climb 1,280 ft (390 m) per
Range: 310 miles
(500 km) on internal fuel.
2,425 lbs (1100 kg) with a maximum take-off weight of 3,109 lbs (1410
34 ft 1 1/2 in (10.40 m); length 27 ft 9 3/4 in (8.48 m); height 7 ft
10 1/2 in (2.40 m); wing area 172.23 sq ft
(16.00 sq m).
G.46B, G.46-1B, G.46-2B, G.46-3B, G.46-4B, G.46-A, G.46-3A, G.46-4A.
Standard communication and navigation equipment when required by role.
flight (G.46B) mid 1947.
(Aeronautica Militare), France.