Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio

1st Flight 1937

The Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio was an Italian monoplane, twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft used in World War II.

Derived from the similar Ca.309, it had its combat debut during the Spanish Civil War and took part in the earlier phases of World War II in Libya.

Some were used in attack groups as a temporary replacement for the unsatisfactory Breda Ba.65.

The last Ca.310 was retired by the Italian Air Force in 1948.

Variants

Ca.310, Ca.310 Idro, Ca.310bis, Ca.318.

Specifications

Crew: 3

Length: 12.2 m (40 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)

Height: 3.52 m (11 ft 7 in)

Wing area: 38.7 m2 (417 sq ft)

Empty weight: 3,040 kg (6,702 lb)

Max take-off weight: 4,650 kg (10,251 lb)

Power plant: 2 × Piaggio Stella P.VII C.16/35 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 350 kW (470 hp) each

Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 365 km/h (227 mph, 197 kn)

Cruise speed: 285–312 km/h (177–194 mph, 154–168 kn)

Range: 1,690 km (1,050 mi, 910 nmi)

Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament

Guns:

3 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns (2 fixed forward firing mounted in the wing roots; 1 in a dorsal turret)

Bombs: up to 450 kg (992 lb).

You can see a partially restored one of these @ The Fly History Aviation Museum in Norway.

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