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Fiat G-91

 

The development of the G-91 dates back to the year 1953. At that time, NATO invited manufactures to submit their designs for a light tactical support and reconnaissance aircraft. The intention was to counter the trend towards increasingly complicated aircraft.

 

The development of the G-91 dates back to the year 1953. At that time, NATO invited manufactures to submit their designs for a light tactical support and reconnaissance aircraft, The intention was to counter the trend towards increasingly complicated aircraft.

The G-91 “GINA” turned out to be the winner the competition. The aircraft was then fielded by Italy, Portugaland Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany purchased 450 aircraft which were mainly manufactured under license by Flugzeug Union Süd and Dornier. Thus it became the first jet aircraft that was manufactured inGermany after the Second World War.

 

In the German Air Force, the “GINA” - named after the attractive Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida - was flown by the following units: Air Force Weapons School 50 (WaSLw 50) in Erding, Light Combat Wing 41 (LeKG 41) in Husum, LeKG 43 in Oldenburg, LeKG 44 in Leipheim and last but not least by our predecessor unit, the former LeKG 42 in Pferdsfeld.

 

In Pferdsfeld, the "GINA" was flown between from 1966 until 1975, before it was replaced by the F-4F PHANTOM. In the course of this transition, the unit was renamed Fighter Bomber Wing 35 (JaboG 35).

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Data

Manufacturer

Fiat / Dornier

Engine(s)

Bristol Siddeley / Rolls Royce Orpheus Mk.803 D11

Performance / Thrust

22.2 kN

Length

10.29 m (T3 11.67 m)

Height

3.96 m (T3 4.45 m)

Wingspan

8.53 m

Empty weight

3,100 kg (T3 3,865 kg)

Max. takeoff weight

5,250 kg

Maximum speed

1,075 km/h

Cruise speed

670 km/h

Service ceiling

13,100 m

Range

630 km low-level flight

Ferry range

1,800 km

Armament

2x gun DEFA 552 30 mm - approx. 1,000 kg HE bomb(s) or unguided rockets

Sensors

3 x 70 mm nose housing cameras (optional)

Crew

1 (2 trainer)

Maiden flight

9 August 1956 (T3 31 May 1960)