Caproni Ca.335 Maestrale / SABCA S-47

1st Flight 1939

The Caproni Ca.335 Maestrale (Mistral) was an Italian single-engined two-seat fighter-bomber/reconnaissance aircraft of the 1930s, it was to be Marketed in Belgium as the SABCA S-47.

The prototype was made in Caproni’s workshops, with SABCA supplying the powertrain and the armament.

The first flight took place on February 16, 1939 in Italy, piloted by Caproni’s test pilot Ettore Wengi.

The prototype was transferred by rail to Belgium in June of the same year and flew again on September 19, 1939, only one prototype was built.

Specifications

Crew: two

Length: 10.6109 m (34 ft 9.75 in)

Wingspan: 13.2017 m (43 ft 3.75 in)

Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)

Wing area: 23.80 m2 (256.2 sq ft)

Empty weight: 2,250 kg (4,960 lb)

Gross weight: 3,240 kg (7,143 lb) 

Max take-off weight: 3,350 kg (7,385 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs liquid-cooled V12 engine, 640 kW (860 hp) 

Propellers: 3-bladed bladed constant speed

Performance

Maximum speed: 501 km/h (311 mph, 270 kn) at 4,200 m (13,780 ft)

Range: 1,576 km (979 mi, 851 nmi) at 4,000 m (13,120 ft) 

Endurance: 4 h 30 s

Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,170 ft)

Time to altitude:

2,000 m (6,650 ft) in 3 min 30 s

6,000 m (19,685 ft) in 15 min 20 s

Armament

Guns

1× 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 firing through propeller hub and two 7.62 mm FN Browning machine guns in wing

1× FN Browning machine gun in rear cockpit

Bombs: 200 kg (440 lb) under wings and fuselage.

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