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S.73 was an Italian three-engine airliner that flew in the 1930s
and early 1940s. The aircraft entered service in March 1935 with a
production run of 48 aircraft. Four were exported to Belgium for
SABENA, while seven others were produced by SABCA. The main
customer was the Italian airline Ala Littoria. The aircraft was
developed in only four months, thanks to the use of the S.55 wing,
combined with a much more conventional fuselage. Developed in
parallel with a bomber version (the SM.81 Pipistrello) the
prototype S.73 first flew on 4 July 1934 from Cameri, with Adriano
Bacula as test pilot. The prototype had a four-blade wooden
propeller on the central engine, and two-blade wooden propellers on
each wing engine. Later all aircraft were fitted with three-blade
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