Caproni Ca.331 Raffica

1st Flight 1940

The Caproni Ca.331 Raffica was an Italian reconnaissance aircraft/light bomber/night fighter.

Variants

Caproni Ca.331 O.A. (or Caproni Ca.331A)

Tactical reconnaissance aircraft/light bomber prototype (one built)

Caproni Ca.331 C.N. (or Caproni Ca.331B)

Night fighter prototype

Specifications

Crew: three

Length: 11.7412 m (38 ft 6.25 in)

Wingspan: 16.4021 m (53 ft 9.75 in)

Height: 3.2068 m (10 ft 6.25 in)

Wing area: 38.50 m2 (414.4 sq ft)

Empty weight: 4,599 kg (10,140 lb)

Gross weight: 6,800 kg (14,992 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Isotta Fraschini Delta IV piston inverted air-cooled V-12 piston engine, 630 kW (840 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 505 km/h (314 mph, 273 kn) at 5,303.5 m (17,399.9 ft)

Range: 1,600 km (994 mi, 864 nmi)

Service ceiling: 8,090 m (26,550 ft)

Time to altitude: 3,999 m (13,120.1 ft) in 9 minutes 35 seconds

Armament

Guns:

Original armament

6 x 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns in the stepped “solid” nose.

2 x 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns machine guns in dorsal and ventral defensive positions.

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