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CANT Z 506

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The Cant Z 506 was an Italian 12/14 civil passenger transport and military reconnaissance bomber flying boat of the 1930s and Second World War. The military version, the Z 506B Airone was manned by a crew of three and powered by three 750 hp Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 9-cylinder radial piston engines providing a top speed of 365 kmh and a range of 2745 km. Armaments consisted of one or two 7.7 mm machine-guns and a 12.7 mm machine-gun and either 1200 kg of bombs or a single torpedo. The civilian version, the Z 506A, was used by the Italian airline Ala Littoria, and was powered by three 750 hp Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 radial engines and set speed records of 308.25 kmh, 319.78 kmh and 322.06 kmh and carried a payload of 2000 kg.
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