Cant Z.501 Gabbiano

The CANT Z.501 Gabbiano (Gull) was a single engine flying boat that served with the Italian Regia Aeronautica during World War II. It had a crew of four or five. Initially a successful aircraft, it was obsolete by 1940, but was still used throughout World War II, suffering many losses. The last aircraft was retired in 1950. Generally the aircraft's main task was search and rescue missions, and perhaps because of this it was called Mammaiut (another theory is that because it was helpless against enemy aircraft). Even its sea capabilities were not good and often the Z.501 needed to be helped by ships. As for its flying qualities, it was too slow, unmanoeuvrable, and under-armed to put up a defence against enemy fighters. As a result many were shot down. Source: Info: Wikipedia Profile: (Inactive)

Cant Z.501 Gabbiano
Roelf, Dec 30, 2009
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