Caproni Ca.73

1st Flight 1925

The Caproni Ca.73 was an Italian airliner produced during the 1920s which went on to serve as a light bomber in the newly independent Regia Aeronautica.

It was an inverted sesquiplane with a biplane tail and two engines mounted in a push-pull configuration within a common nacelle mounted on struts in the interplane gap above the fuselage.

The two pilots sat in an open cockpit, while ten passengers could be accommodated within the fuselage.

Established as a separate service in 1923, the Regia Aeronautica relied upon World War I-vintage Caproni Ca.3 bombers, and a replacement was soon sought.

The immediate solution was to repurpose the Ca.73 as a warplane by adding a gunner’s position in the nose, dorsally, and ventrally amidships.

Bombs were carried on external racks on the fuselage sides.

Ca.73s remained in frontline service until 1934, and from 1926 onwards participated in Italy’s military actions in North Africa.

Variants

Ca.73, Ca.73, Ca.73, Ca.74, Ca.80, Ca.80S, Ca.82, Ca.88, Ca.89

Specifications

Crew: two pilots

Capacity: ten passengers

Length: 15.10 m (49 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 25.00 m (82 ft 0 in)

Height: 5.60 m (18 ft 5 in)

Wing area: 143.0 m2 (1,539 sq ft)

Empty weight: 3,400 kg (7,496 lb)

Gross weight: 5,390 kg (11,883 lb)

Power plant: 2 × Isotta Fraschini Asso 500 , 373 kW (500 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph, 97 kn)

Endurance: 3 hours

Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,080 ft).

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