CANT 37 & 38

1st Flight 1932

The CANT 37 and 38 were an Italian reconnaissance flying boat built Italy in the early 1930s.

This was to be the last design from Raffaele Conflenti because in 1930 CNT (the parent company) merged with Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino to form the C.R.D.A (Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico).

The CANT 37 was a classic centre shaped single seat biplane seaplane with a single engine in “Push” configuration.

The hull was characterized by a keel with a v shaped parapet, the aircraft also had three open cabins, one positioned on the bow with a defensive post, the second, a central one that served as an open cockpit protected by a windshield followed by the third one also with a defensive function.

Testing proved it was difficult to handle and it took too long to take off due to excessive weight issues.

Variants

CANT 38

This version had a different tail configuration and was lightened.

Due to time constraints and the Design work of the Z.501 Gabbiano, the 38 was scrapped.

Only one built.

Specifications

Crew

3

Length

33 ft 11 in (10.34 m)

Wingspan

54 ft 6 in (16.60 m)

Empty weight

1,820 lb (826 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Isotta Fraschini Asso 500 V-12 water-cooled piston engine, 400 hp (300 kW)

Propellers

3-bladed metal propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

200 mph (320 km/h, 170 kn)

Range

1,400 mi (2,200 km, 1,200 nmi)

Service ceiling

18,000 ft (5,500 m).

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