OO-AUC Savioa-Marchetti S.M.83
image above, acquired from SABENA is clearly a "doctored"
photograph. However, other
than the close up of the three 750 h.p. Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34
engines (below), it is the only shot
I have. In order to better service its Congo route, SABENA, in
1938 ordered four advanced S.M.83s.
Rather than being an enlarged S.73, this aircraft was, in fact, the
civilian airliner version of the tried and
Sparviero bomber. It had excellent range and was very
reliable. Although it was
intended for SABCA to also build this machine under
license, WW II broke out before this could occur.
Only three S.M.83s (OO-AUC/D/E) were actually delivered,
the fourth (OO-AUJ) was returned to
Italy by the French Vichy government upon its arrival in Marseilles in
1040. OO-AUC was written off
in a crash in 1940.