Caproni Bergamaschi AP.1

The Caproni Bergamaschi AP.1 was an Italian monoplane attack aircraft.

The Caproni AP.1 equipped a total of eight squadrons of the assault of the Regia Aeronautica’s assault group.

It took part in the Spanish Civil War, but its unsatisfactory performance led to its quick replacement.

 Four examples were acquired by El Salvador for use in the Escuadrilla de Caza, and another seven were sold to Paraguay and used in the Chaco Post war period of 1939-1945.

Another 10 aircraft ordered by Paraguay were diverted to the Regia Aeronautica.

Variants

Ca.301 

Two single-seat fighter prototypes

Ca.305 

AP.1bis 

Initial production version

Ca.307 

Second production version

Ca.308 

Seven aircraft sold to Paraguay

Specifications

Crew

Two

Length

9.34 m (30 ft 8 in)

Wingspan

13.01 m (42 ft 8 in)

Height

3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)

Empty weight

1,940 kg (4,277 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 , 582 kW (780 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

347 km/h (216 mph, 188 kn)

Range

1,500 km (935 mi, 812 nmi)

Service ceiling

 6,500 m (21,320 ft)

Armament

2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda SAFAT machine guns

1 × 12.7 mm (.50 in) machine gun

500 kg (1,102 lb) of bombs.

 

 

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