/ Caproni CA-101 / CA-102
Caproni CA-101 / CA-102
The Caproni Ca.101 was a three-engine Italian airliner which later saw military use as a transport and bomber.
It was designed in 1927 and first flown in 1928.
The Regia Aeronautica ordered 72 Ca.101 and 34 Ca.102.
These aircraft served with 8 and 9 Wing (Ca.102) and 7 Wing (Ca.101).
Though the Ca.102 was more advanced, only the Ca.101 served in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
Though vulnerable to small arms fire, the aircraft proved generally effective. Several were also used as airliners, flying from Italy to Africa.
In 1939, the Regia Aeronautica retired their Ca.101’s.
The Ca.102’s were apparently retired before that, possibly because the twin-engine layout gave less overall reliability.
Ca.101, Ca.101bis, Ca.101 Bi, Ca.102,Ca.102quarter, Ca.111.
Crew: three (pilot, co-pilot, gunner/observer)
Capacity: eight soldiers or four wounded or 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of cargo
Length: 13.5 m (44 ft 4 in)
Caproni Ca.102 Bristol Jupiter engine
Wingspan: 18.8 m (61 ft 8 in)
Height: 3.6 m (11 ft 10 in)
Wing area: 52 m2 (560 sq ft)
Empty weight: 2,450 kg (5,390 lb)
Gross weight: 3,950 kg (8,690 lb)
Power plant: 3 × Alfa Romeo licence-built Armstrong Siddeley Lynx , 149 kW (200 hp) each
Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn)
Range: 1,000 km (621 mi, 540 nmi)
Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
Rate of climb: 2.6 m/s (512 ft/min)
2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Lewis Guns in the nose and ventral position.
There was sometimes a twin forward installation and a dorsal defensive turret mounted.
250 × 2 kg (4.4 lb) or 40 × 12 kg (26.4 lb) bombs carried internally.
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo
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