Naval Air

SAVOIA S.16bis

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Savoia S16bis (in foreground)

Source: Societe Introvolanti, Alta Italia, Italy

Acquired: 1923

Type: 2 or 3-seat flying boat

Engine: Fiat A12, 300hp

Length: 9.97 m
Wing Span: 15.5 m
Height: 3.67 m
Max Speed: 165 km/h

Range: 550 km

Maximum Ceiling: 3500 m

Known Serial Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4 (Naval)


  • These aircraft were a 1919 design, updated in 1922.
  • Unlike other Latvian aircraft, these particular planes apparently did not have the serial numbers applied, only allocated. They were factory numbers 5008 - 5010.
  • Irbitis states that Latvia acquired six Savoias, Bruvelis states only three, plus the one built from spares.
  • April 21, 1923 - the acceptance/test flights begin. #5010 is flown by N.Jevlampjevs and M.Vitolins, #5009 by J.Lindbergs with Blodnieks.
  • May 31, 1923 - the third aircraft, #5008, is tested by Karlis Lepels.
  • June 1, 1924 Flyer Peteris Abrams is killed in the crash of S.16 #4.
  • March 21, 1925 - a fourth S.16, assembled from reserve parts, is activated for service. Its engine was Fiat A-12bis no. 10766.
  • September 11, 1926 - V.Jakubovs and A.Minuks crash heavily in #3.


Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture

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