Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli

1st Flight 1937

The Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli was an Italian aircraft used in World War II as a reconnaissance and ground attack aircraft.

The aircraft was also produced in Bulgaria.

This variant, 24 of which were built, was known as the Kaproni-Bulgarski KB 6/KB 309 Papagal.

Specifications

Crew: 3

Length: 13.2906 m (43 ft 7.25 in)

Wingspan: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)

Height: 3.04 m (10 ft 0 in)

Wing area: 38.7 m2 (417 sq ft)

Empty weight: 1,960 kg (4,321 lb)

Gross weight: 2,930 kg (6,460 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Alfa Romeo 115-II (or 115-I) 6-cylinder inverted air-cooled in-line piston engines, 291 kW (390 hp) each

Propellers: 2-bladed variable-pitch propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 250 km/h (160 mph, 130 kn) *Landing speed kmh=84

Cruise speed: 209 km/h (130 mph, 113 kn)

Range: 671 km (417 mi, 362 nmi)

Service ceiling: 4,499 m (14,760 ft)

Time to altitude: 2,890 m (9,480 ft) in 17 minutes 30 seconds

Armament

Guns: 3 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda SAFAT machine guns

Bombs: up to 330 kg.

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