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CANT Z.1018 Leone
The CRDA CANT Z.1018 Leone was an Italian medium bomber of the 1940s.
The aircraft was designed in February 1939 by engineer Filippo Zappata to replace his previous creation, the Cant Z.1015.
In April a “flying mockup” was already finished with the Alfa Romeo A135 engines, later replaced in favour of the Piaggio PXII engines (1350hp @ 3500m).
The development of the aircraft was constantly delayed,
t was also made difficult by the Regia Aeronautica’s requests for changes.
By the time of the Armistice only 23 aircraft were built.
The aircraft was built in 2 main versions
Firstly the 1018 A, had a wooden structure,
While the second 1018 Leone 1 was of all metal structure and could be modified in the field to cover a variety of different roles
Bomber, torpedo bomber, heavy fighter.
The heavy fighter version was armed with 4 x 20mm Mg151 in a ventral pod and 4 x 12.7 forward fixed Breda machine guns.
17.6 m (57 ft 9 in)
22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)
6.1 m (20 ft 0 in)
63.1 m2 (679 sq ft)
8,800 kg (19,401 lb)
2 × Piaggio P.XII R.C.35 18 cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine,
890 kW (1,200 hp) each for take-off
1,350 hp (1,010 kW) at 3,500 m (11,500 ft)
3-bladed constant-speed propellers
524 km/h (326 mph, 283 kn)
425 km/h (264 mph, 229 kn)
140 km/h (87 mph, 76 kn)
1,335 km (830 mi, 721 nmi) at cruise at 5,450 m (17,880 ft)
7,250 m (23,790 ft)
Time to altitude
4,000 m (13,000 ft) in 7 minutes 34 seconds; 6,000 m (20,000 ft) in 14 minutes 04 seconds
2 × 12.7 mm (0.500 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns
2 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine-guns
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