The Romano R-82 was a two-seat intermediate and aerobatic trainer designed by Etienne Romano, with production aircraft built by Chantiers aéronavals Étienne Romano.

Romano R.80.2 of the Spanish Republican Air Force training facility at El Carmolí.
Role Two-seat intermediate and aerobatic trainer
National origin France
Manufacturer Chantiers aéronavals Étienne Romano
Designer Etienne Romano
First flight 1936
Primary users French Air Force
French Navy
Number built 180

Design and development

Romano 80 photo from L'Aerophile December 1936

The prototype Romano R-80.01 was a private venture design by Chantiers aéronavals Étienne Romano for a two-seat aerobatic biplane to use as a demonstrator. Tested in 1935 with a 179 kW (240 hp) Lorraine 7Me radial engine, it was later fitted with a 209 kW (280 hp) Salmson 9Aba radial and re-designated as the R-80.2. The R.80.2 was a biplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear and with the change of scope to a tandem two-seat dual-control aerobatic trainer, it was re-designated the R.82.01. Two more prototypes were built, which were sold to private owners. Romano became part of the nationalised SNCASE in 1937 and the French Air Force ordered the R-82 into production, with 147 aircraft being delivered. The French Navy also ordered 30 R-82s, and all Air Force and Navy aircraft had been delivered by May 1940.

In 1938 two aircraft were ferried to Spain and used by the Spanish Republican government in the fight against the Nationalist faction.[1]



Specifications (R-82)


Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.82 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.88 m (32 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 3.34 m (10 ft 11.5 in)
  • Wing area: 23.72 m2 (255.33 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 918 kg (2,024 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,328 kg (2,928 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Salmson 9Aba radial piston engine , 209 kW (280 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 240 km/h (149 mph, 129 kn)
  • Range: 660 km (410 mi, 360 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21,325 ft)

See also


Related development

Related lists


  1. ^ "Spanish Civil War Aircraft". Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  2. ^ Orbis 1985, page 2817
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